Cariuma teams up with Mike Vallely for 100% vegan shoes

November 16, 2021 by  
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In a partnership between lovers of nature, shoe brand Cariuma has coordinated with Mike Vallely, a legend in the skateboarding world, to develop a 100% vegan shoe that pairs well with a skateboard, a night on the town and at a PETA gathering. Cariuma isn’t new to sustainable materials, but is excited to expand their offerings to include the Mike Vallely x Cariuma sneaker. It represents the first product rolled out with the newest addition vegan suede. According to the company, the high-performance material is, “Tough like [Vallely]. This innovative material is 2.7X more resistant than animal suede, and was formulated and developed to create stellar performance and durability.” Related: Sylven New York has vegan shoes made from apples In an industry plagued with headlines around dirty manufacturing and long-term post-consumer waste , the Mike Vallely x Cariuma sneaker offers an earth and animal friendly option.  Although it clearly has feet on the ground in its concern for the environment , Cariuma didn’t stop at dabbling in environmentally-friendly materials here and there. In fact, they’ve recently achieved B-Corp certification, a process that ensures a dedication to the planet at every step of material selection, production and sales. The company reports being the first skate shoe company to earn B-Corp certification. Tuning into the stylish trends Vallely has influenced throughout his career, the contrasting materials and details on the skate shoe mirrors his not-so-subtle style on the board and in front of the mic as lead vocalist for the band Black Flag.  “The must-have for this shoe was for it to be free of animal-based materials yet still be tough and long-lasting,” said Vallely. “We’ve sourced some excellent materials for this shoe, namely vegan suede and recycled nylon that make the shoe strong, light and give it a reduced carbon footprint.” Durability was an important aspect of the design in an effort to ensure a long and useful life, even standing up to the elements on the street. But the team was able to maintain the longevity quotient in conjunction with a recycled mesh lining and rec y cled webbing, featuring a natural rubber -reinforced outsole.  The shoe also features a plant-based insole made with Mamona oil. The laces, threads and labels are all made from recycled materials. These combined efforts are leading the shoe for Oeko-Tex standard 100 certification. + Cariuma Images via Cariuma

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Baserange goes the extra mile for eco-friendly clothing production

August 20, 2021 by  
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The key to any successful business is the partnerships made along the way. For Baserange, its goal to manage a transparent, ethical and environmentally -friendly garment company is supported by a network of similarly-minded factories. Baserange was started in 2012 by Blandine Legait and Marie-Louise Mogensen. The original product line focused on undergarments, but the collection now includes an assortment of clothing options. With the focus on diversity, inclusion and natural beauty for the customer, the intimates and basics line matches that philosophy with a dedication to working with sustainable manufacturing facilities. Related: KADA’s sustainable clothing line is designed to empower women Up and down the collection, careful material selection means finding producers who rely on traditional techniques while providing  natural materials  that are soft, breathable and comfortable. With this in mind, Baserange obtains silk and linen from a second-generation family-operated factory in Turkey dedicated to checking supply certifications and creating materials that are long-lasting yet compostable at the end of their usable life.  Another family-owned factory in Porto, Portugal highlights fair trade working conditions and support of working women. The factory relies on renewable energy and works directly with Baserange to make the most of material  waste  saying, “They’ll do a set with just those leftover colors. Once we did bras with a cup in one color, a cup in another color, and the elastic in a third color.” Another textile mill, in France, relies on 80%  solar power  to run the factory. The buildings are made from reclaimed lumber from the surrounding area.  This close working relationship with nearby producers has resulted in an eco-friendly life cycle for Baserange’s clothing, starting with the fact that regular visits to the factories have a low transport footprint. The dyes are OEKO-TEX certified. The cotton is GOTS certified. The bamboo fabrics are FSC certified . Other natural fibers used in the clothing line include silk, linen and wool sourced in traditional ways to make yarn from yak, alpaca and mohair.  In a statement, the company summarized saying, “Baserange offerings are produced with respect for the environment and people. They are committed to clean production and ethical sourcing to minimize the environmental impact on both the producer and the wearer of the garments.”  + Baserange Images via Baserange 

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These vegan "Star Wars" sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves

September 7, 2017 by  
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The pineapple is strong with these sneakers—literally. A collaboration between Star Wars and London-based shoemaker Po-Zu , the limited-edition “Silver Resistance” high-top combines silver woven linen and Piñatex , a leather alternative engineered from the fibers of discarded pineapple leaves. The sneaker, which is handcrafted in Portugal, also features a rubberized Rebel Alliance badge, a quilted rear panel, a removable memory foam insole, and a grippy natural-latex outsole. The result is a shoe that is as visually striking as it is environmentally friendly. “We go the extra mile to make our shoes ethically and sustainably so you can wear them with clear conscience from dawn till dusk,” Sven Segal, fouder of Po-Zu, said in a statement. “We want them to be comfortable, collectable, and wearable. This sneaker has all of that and more. I love that it is vegan, too.” Related: Aspiring Jedis can pilot the Millennium Falcon at Disney’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ hotel Available for preorder, the “Silver Resistance” is expected to ship in October, “just in time for Christmas and the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ,” according to Po-Zu. If you miss out on one of the 1,000 pairs, you can still catch a glimpse of the sneaker, along with rest of Po-Zu’s co-branded Star Wars collection, at the Museum of Brands during London Design Week . + Star Wars Silver Resistance High-Top £150 + Po-Zu

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Timberland transforms recycled plastic bottles into shoes, bags

March 3, 2017 by  
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For its latest collection, Timberland is turning to the bottle—the plastic bottle, that is. The outdoor-wear maker has teamed up with Thread , a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to transform plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti into a dapper collection of footwear, bags, and T-shirts. The Timberland x Thread collaboration goes “beyond environmental sustainability,” according to Timberland. Not only does the partnership turn an ecological blight into a resource but it also creates social value in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and job opportunities for one of the planet’s poorest nations. “The Timberland x Thread collection is incredible proof that style and sustainability can go hand-in-hand,” Colleen Vien, director of sustainability for Timberland, said in a statement. “This collection delivers good with every fiber, not just by recycling plastic bottles that would otherwise end up littering the streets, but also by creating job opportunities and cleaner neighborhoods in Haiti. Related: Take a first look at Timberland’s new boots and bags made out of recycled plastic “Consumers can feel good about pulling on their Timberland x Thread boots or backpack, and know they are making a positive impact in someone else’s life,” she added The Timberland x Thread capsule comprises five styles of men’s shoes and boots, a duffel bag and a backpack, and one T-shirt. All incorporate Thread’s “Ground to Good” fabric, which the certified B Corp. spins in the United States using 50 percent post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate , better known as PET. Thread says that every yard of fabric can be traced throughout the supply chain, from bottle collection to textile creation and delivery to the manufacturer. The “bottle to boot” process employs more than 1,300 bottle collectors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturing employees in Haiti alone. “At Thread, we believe that dignified jobs cure poverty—and our fabric creates those jobs,” said Ian Rosenberger, founder and CEO of Thread. “Our partnership with Timberland marks a seismic shift in the fashion industry, combining Timberland’s large supply chain and loyal customer base with Thread’s responsible, transparent approach to creating premium fabrics and vital jobs in the developing world. The Timberland x Thread collection is a major step towards improving the way our clothes are made.” + Timberland + Thread

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Score this upcycled convertible Freitag backpack ($340) for free in our fall giveaway

October 13, 2016 by  
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Looking for the perfect all-in-one bag to carry around town? Freitag’s ultra-versatile “R123 Woolf” convertible carryall ($340) made out of upcycled vintage truck tarpaulin is just what you’ve been searching for, and you can score it for free in our fall giveaway. Follow this link to enter! ENTER HERE >

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Sustainable Fashion: 6 Brands Delivering The Goods

September 7, 2016 by  
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Sustainability and eco-friendly are big buzzwords in today’s retail market. But when it comes to putting these core values into practice, many companies are all talk and little action. However, the following fashion brands do it better than…

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Win this limited edition Positive Impact Awards scarf and help advance sustainability in the fashion industry

November 7, 2015 by  
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The Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is hosting its inaugural Positive Impact Awards as a part of the institute’s first anniversary celebration. Our own Jasmin Malik Chua is nominated for helping to advance sustainability in the fashion industry and you are invited to stop by and celebrate. Yu can also win a gorgeous limited-edition alpaca-and-merino-wool scarf that will be created on-site. READ MORE >

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Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

November 7, 2015 by  
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Join Ecouterre and the Museum of the City of New York for a discussion on ethical fashion

September 19, 2015 by  
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This Thursday, join Ecouterre and the Museum of the City New York for a discussion on ethical fashion. Ecouterre’s own Jasmin Malik Chua will be there, along with Parsons The New School for Design’s Timo Rissanen, Study NY’s Tara St. James and award-winning designer Yeohlee Teng. Reserve your seat now. READ MORE >

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Freitag announces that their 100% compostable denim is about to hit shelves

August 14, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Finally, your favorite pair of pants is about to get greener because 100% compostable denim is about to hit the market. Freitag’s “F-abric” denim is cotton free with a linen, hemp blend that can be tossed in the compost bin when they are worn out. Freitag has a history of making fabulous fashion – they burst onto the scene with their gorgeous bags made out of old tarps in 1993 – so we are sure their latest project is going to please. READ MORE >

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