Outdoor giant Merrell presents its most sustainable shoe to date

December 3, 2018 by  
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Outdoor apparel leader Merrell has unveiled its most sustainable shoe yet — and not just a single style, but a lineup of both men’s and women’s options. The Gridway collection emphasizes fashion as well as sustainability and targets the less-than-vogue goal in the fast fashion industry to create shoes that last. The Gridway collection offers three styles for both men and women: the Gridway Moc is a slide-on option, the Gridway is a sneaker style and the Gridway Mid brings a bit of height to the upper portion. Each style is available in three color options, and prices range from $120-$140 at regular price. Related: nat-2 creates a completely vegan sneaker made from coffee Starting at the bottom, the outsole is made from a minimum of 30 percent scrap rubber rather than relying on virgin materials. The removable footbeds and midsoles encompass a minimum of 40 percent of recycled materials from scraps off the manufacturing floor. Moving to the knit uppers, materials come from 100 percent recycled yarns. Although the laces look traditional, they are also made from 100 percent recycled materials rather than sourcing new ones. As an outdoor company, Merrell strives to create quality products that meet the needs of both the consumer and the environment . “At Merrell, we’re actively exploring ways to build great products more responsibly,” said Strick Walker, CMO at Merrell. “The Gridway Collection is a significant step forward.” Related: Reebok develops plant-based sneakers made of cotton and corn In conjunction with the release of the Gridway collection in November, Merrell shone a light toward Keep America Beautiful, an organization that promotes America Recycles Day and continues to educate and motivate consumers about aggressive and proper recycling practices. In support of these ideals, Merrell donated $10,000 to the non-profit. + Merrell Images via Merrell

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Reebok develops plant-based sneakers made of cotton and corn

August 24, 2018 by  
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In an act focused on sustainability in an industry known for its heavy environmental impact, Reebok has created its first sneaker made from plant-based materials. The Cotton + Corn initiative, announced in 2017 by the sporting-goods giant, touted the company’s decision to move to plant-based materials as a way to clean up both production and post-consumer use in an industry that typically relies on petroleum in manufacturing. In addition to using 100 percent organic cotton for the shoe’s upper, avoiding the pesticides and herbicides used on traditional cotton, Reebok’s new sneakers use a corn product to create the bioplastic sole. To round out the grown-from-the-earth ingredients, the insole is designed from castor bean oil. The first product from this line to hit the market, the NPC UK Cotton + Corn sneaker, is the first shoe to be certified by the USDA as containing 75 percent bio-based materials. These products are sourced in partnership with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, a company known for creating bio-based solutions for a variety of markets. Related: The Agraloop turns food waste into sustainable clothing fibers While using these plant-based ingredients is innovative, the overarching work toward sustainable shoes doesn’t stop there. Reebok has a three-part, fully sustainable cycle envisioned for the Cotton + Corn product line that considers production, wear and post-use. It is well on its way to achieving that goal, because the sneakers are completely compostable at the end of their wear cycle. The life cycle continues from there, when that compost is then used for the next generation of shoes. This is in deep contrast to the estimated 20 billion shoes produced annually, nearly all of which eventually end up in the landfill, where they take hundreds of years to decompose. Plus, Reebok has taken the added steps of removing toxic dyes from the production process and shipping the shoes in 100 percent recycled packaging. Related: Biotech company Nanollose could offer plant-free alternatives for the textile industry Following a successful launch, the first run of the new NPC UK Cotton + Corn sneaker is currently sold out. Company representative Lizzy Manno reports that Reebok does not yet have a date for when the shoes will be in stock again, but we certainly can’t wait until these plant-based sneakers are back on the market. + Reebok Images via Reebok Media

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Here are the 7 most creative recycled fashions of 2015

December 27, 2015 by  
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  We saw some incredibly creative developments in the world of fashion this year: dresses made from the trash littering Senegal’s landscape, “Sheltersuits” that convert into sleeping bags for the homeless, even sneakers made from old couches. Which was your favorite? Click through to cast your vote! READ MORE >

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French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

January 20, 2015 by  
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French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the U.S. to unveil their unique shoe accessory that could seriously put some spring in America’s step. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a “transportation accessory that increases a person’s average walking rate up to 7 miles per hour” by affixing wheels to the soles of their shoes. Read the rest of French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CES exhibition , CEX , fitness , Rollkers , Rollkers SAS , shoe accessory , walking , wheeled shoes

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Richard Wool’s Non-Toxic Eco-Leather Protects Animals And The Planet

December 21, 2013 by  
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For those who love shoes, there’s a constant battle between brands that are high quality and brands that are ethical. Leather has long been the favorite material for making shoes since it’s durable, flexible, and beautiful. But it’s not very kind to the animals who have to lose their skin to make it. Not to mention that tanning  leather  is a toxic endeavor that creates polluted air and water. That’s why University of Delaware professor Richard Wool is working on a leather alternative made from natural fibers and oils. Companies like Puma and Nike are already considering it for new designs. Click the link to learn more. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cruelty-free leather , leather shoes , non-toxic leather , plant-based fashion , plant-based leather , Richard Wool , vegan leather , vegan shoes , vegan sneakers        

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Scientists Develop the World’s First Method to Comprehensively Recycle Footwear

October 27, 2013 by  
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Scientists from Loughborough University have made great strides in the effort to recycle old footwear. Their process will soon make it possible to put a sizable dent in the billions of shoes tossed into the landfill each year. The researchers have developed a comprehensive system that separates and breaks down the nearly 40 types of materials that can be found in a single pair of shoes. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: landfill , loughborough university , old footwear , shoe recycling , waste stream        

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Walking Shelter: a Mobile Habitat that Tucks into Shoes

August 4, 2013 by  
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“Where ever you roam, there is home” has never been truer than now with this extraordinary Walking Shelter, a mobile habitat that tucks into a pair of shoes! Designed by an Australian collective, Sibling , this one man tent doesn’t come with poles or other support, because it doesn’t need to. Hit the jump for the full scoop. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australian design studios , clothing as shelter , ecouterre , mobile habitat , pop up homes , Sibling , tent designs , tent in sneakers , tent tucked into shoes , transforming clothing , Walking Shelter        

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Rice University Students Create Energy-Generating PediPower Shoes

May 21, 2013 by  
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A group of Rice University mechanical engineering students recently created a pair of energy-generating shoes that are able to create and store electricity with every step. The team’s kinetic energy-harvesting PediPower shoes could be used to power portable electronics and medical devices. Read the rest of Rice University Students Create Energy-Generating PediPower Shoes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , energy generating shoes , energy-generating-clothing , engineering students , kinetic , kinetic energy , mechanical engineering , PediPowers , rice university        

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Minnesota Lakes Are Contaminated with Cocaine and Antidepressants

May 21, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Lake Superior and other bodies of water around Minnesota have been found to contain a disturbing amount of chemicals , including prescription drugs and even cocaine. A recent study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has found that local lakes and rivers are chock full of DEET, BPA , prescription and even illegal drugs. The 10-year study examined surface waters from the Minnesota area, finding contaminants even along untouched shorelines. Read the rest of Minnesota Lakes Are Contaminated with Cocaine and Antidepressants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cocaine in Minnesota Lakes , eco design , green design , Minnesota Pollution Control Agency , sustainable design , water pollution USA        

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Upcycled Sneakers Benefit Orphaned Elephants, Rhinos

December 14, 2011 by  
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Printed shoes may be the latest fashion trend in footwear this season, but women’s wear label Suno takes its new line of printed sneakers to the next level, making the shoes good for the planet and its people. The company upcycles its own fabric…

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