nat-2 creates a completely vegan sneaker made from coffee

November 20, 2018 by  
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Vegan sneakers? You bet! Most people know that the fashion industry is notorious for contributing to global waste, heavy water consumption and high electrical usage. The shoe industry is no exception with the traditional petroleum-based synthetic soles and a reliance on harsh chemicals. One company, nat-2 , has taken a stand against this rampant pollution with its new coffee sneakers, made from — you guessed it — recycled coffee. The unisex design incorporates natural materials from the top to the bottom, and there are two different styles to choose from, a high-top and a low-top. The leather-looking portion of the shoe comes from PET recycled water bottles, helping to remove post-consumer plastic waste from the landfills. Plus, by replacing leather, nat-2 refuses to subscribe to the environmental problems associated with raising beef and toxic tannery byproducts that pollute the planet. The rich chocolate-colored covering comes from up to 50 percent recycled coffee that provides the suede-like texture. The company reports that the shoes do exude a subtle coffee scent. Related: These sustainable sunglasses smell like coffee and decompose into fertilizer The outsole of the shoe features real rubber, rather than the non-sustainable synthetic rubber that many companies use. To avoid harsh chemicals that not only put workers in danger but also leach into the soil after hitting the landfill, the company uses a water-based glue that is free from animal ingredients. In addition, the insole is made from naturally antibacterial cork , and the upper portion features nat-2’s signature reflective glass for added style. Handmade in Italy in a family-owned, high-tech facility, the sneakers are made in a production process that cuts out much of the carbon dioxide pollution from traditional coal-burning facilities that mass produce the estimated 20 billion shoes flooding the market annually. nat-2 founder Sebastian Thies developed the shoe following the release of another eco-friendly shoe, the fungi sneaker, which is made from tree fungus. The first run of the coffee sneakers is sold out, but more shoes are in production. + nat-2 Images via nat-2

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‘Monsieur Plant’ Grows Nike Sneakers using Flowers

November 8, 2014 by  
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The French artist known as Monsieur Plant is living up to his name with a fashionable line of sneakers made out of flowers, moss, bark and dirt. Aptly named Just Grow It , the collection even features Nike’s famous swoosh made using seeds. The incredible creations are the artist’s way of showing the dichotomy between marketing, media and ethics. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Christopher Guinet , ecouterre , Growing art , growing fashion , growing sneakers , Just Grow It , Monsieur Plant , plant art , style

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Rayfish Footwear Pioneers Genetically Engineered Stingray-Leather Sneakers

May 31, 2012 by  
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Think wearing leather is inhumane? Then try this on for size: Thailand-based shoe company  Rayfish Footwear actually breeds live  bespoke stingrays , harvesting them for their leather to make each pair of custom-designed sneakers. Using a process known as ”bio-customization,” the company combines patterns and colors from dozens of ray species, resulting in a transgenic “designer stingray” like no other. Thinking about investing in a pair of custom sneaks? Better save your pennies – pair of Rayfish sneakers starts at a whopping $14,800. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio-customization , bioengineering , DNA manipulation , Fashion , footwear , genetically engineered stingrays , Rayfish footwear , Rayfish sneakers , Raymond Ong , stingray leather , stingray sneakers , unethical fashion

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Oat Shoes – Sneakers You Can Compost

February 11, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Marielle van Leewen for Oat Shoes We’ve written a bit here on Treehugger about the quest for a more sustainable sneaker. We’ve covered sneakers made from recycled materials and talked about how to recycle your sneakers when they’re worn out.

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To Make Pedestrians Kings of the City, Strasbourg Plans to Drop City Speed Limits to 18 MPH

February 11, 2011 by  
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Strasbourg’s Place de l’Homme de Fer. Photo: Lauri Pitkänen under a Creative Commons license .

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Danger: Snow Drop Thefts on the Increase

February 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: the Telegraph You would think people would have better things to do (or steal) but you never know… Thieves in England have been digging up snow drops, the lovely white flower that is just popping up now in woods across the land. Then again, since one single rare snowdrop bulb just sold on ebay for £357 ($575), vigilance is necessary

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Who Needs A Watch When They Have A Cell Phone?

February 11, 2011 by  
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Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer Watch with Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, and Depth Measurement (Light Green) .

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GOP Moves to Slash EPA’s Budget

February 11, 2011 by  
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Image: USDA Forest Service – Region 8 – Southern Archive , CC Okay, okay, we get it. House Republicans don’t like the idea of trying to reign in pollution. I mean really don’t like it.

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