These sustainable shoes by Rackle are made from hemp

May 11, 2020 by  
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What better way to put your best eco-friendly foot forward than with a stylish, comfortable pair of sustainable shoes? Rackle, a Boston-based footwear brand, is on a mission to create sustainable shoes, starting with the release of its hemp-based Alex line. The unisex Alex sneakers come in three color options that include redwood, natural and blue. Weighing in at only 6 ounces, these shoes are better suited for leisure and errands than athletics, but they still offer a supportive, tri-density foam sole with EcoPure foam that aids in biodegradation and a hemp-based upper material. Each pair comes with two sets of laces — solid and checkered — each of which are made from a combination of hemp and 100% recycled materials. The shoes aim to meld style, versatility and sustainability. Related: Good Clothing releases capsule collection made from hemp and organic cotton “Rackle uses innovative plant-based materials, such as industrial hemp, in our products,” said Joe Napurano, senior designer for Rackle. “We also incorporated a special foam sole technology that promotes biodegradation. Once your shoes have completed their life of providing you style and comfort, we’ll help you find a home for them through our non-profit partners, or should you discard, they are designed to breakdown in just one year under active enclosed landfill conditions.” Choosing hemp was a calculated decision. It grows faster than cotton yet requires a fraction of the water to grow. Plus, it is antimicrobial and is a durable and washable material. Hemp is a sustainable product that has become popular in the shoe industry because of its eco-friendliness and the ease with which it converts into a strong fiber. According the company’s website, “The 100% sustainable hemp upper is made of high grade hemp and provides year-round comfort and support thanks to the plant’s natural benefits: cool in the summer and warm in the winter; anti-microbial; lightweight; water-resistant; UV-resistant; and extremely durable.” + Rackle Images via Rackle

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Vivobarefoot is launching a sneaker made out of algae

May 25, 2017 by  
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Vivobarefoot , a London-based purveyor of so-called “barefoot” footwear , is going green in an altogether unexpected way. Together with Bloom , a materials innovation firm from San Diego, the company is poised to debut the world’s first molded shoe derived from algae. No, swamp couture hasn’t suddenly become en vogue. Rather, Bloom harvests biomass from ponds and lakes, particularly those at risk for algal overload, and turns it into closed-cell foam known as ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA for short. Typically made from petroleum-based sources, EVA is what gives sneakers that extra-cushy feel. Vivobarefoot’s new lace-up is made almost entirely from the stuff, a fact that not only makes it equally at home on land and in water, but it also gives the environment a much-needed boost. Related: Researchers use algae to treat wastewater and generate biofuel A single pair of men’s size 42 Vivobarefoot x Bloom shoes, according to Vivobarefoot, returns 57 gallons of clean water to ecosystem while removing the equivalent of 40 balloons worth of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “This is a true revolution for the footwear industry with the first plant based alternative to the petro-foams in ubiquitous use,” said Galahad Clark, founder and managing director of Vivobarefoot, in a statement. “We are thrilled to be the first company to use Bloom in our shoes and further our mission to make the perfect shoe—perfect for feet and minimal impact on the planet.” Related: Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change The Vivobarefoot x Bloom shoe will be available for purchase online and in stores this July. + Vivobarefoot x Bloom

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Most of Nike’s shoes are made using recycled materials

May 21, 2016 by  
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Nike is taking sustainable style seriously – these days, a full 71 percent of their shoes contain recycled materials . Some of these materials even come from the company’s own manufacturing waste. But they aren’t stopping there, according to the company’s CEO Mark Parker. “Excess materials in the manufacturing of Nike shoes will fuel a future closed-loop model, where waste becomes a product input,” Parker said.

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Fake-Out Fashion: Women Paint Scarlet Soles to Get the Louboutin Look

July 14, 2012 by  
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While it’s difficult to afford  Christian Louboutins  at prices hovering around a grand, it’s easy to buy a small container of red paint to fake the famous scarlet soles of the French shoemaker. This has become a fad in Britain, with paint sales of colors like “Flame” and “Show Stopper” rising 40 percent! Click ahead to let us know what you think – would you paint your shoes to pretend? READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christian Louboutin , diy fashion , diy shoes , eco friendly shoes , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable shoes , sustainable style

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14 Charming, Eco-Friendly Flats Guaranteed To Put A Spring In Your Step

April 7, 2012 by  
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Letting your feet breathe after a long winter filled with wool socks and boots is one of spring’s sweetest gifts and a new pair of charming ballet flats are a great first step to letting those feet loose! They are cute, comfortable, and go with almost anything. Check out our 14 favorite eco-friendly (and mostly vegan!) flats and treat yourself to a guilt-free ‘spring is here’ present! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly shoes , eco-fashion , eco-friendly ballet flats , eco-friendly flats , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Nael Coce , sustainable ballet flats , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable flats , sustainable shoes , sustainable style , vegan fashion , vegan shoes , Vegan style

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14 Eco-Friendly Boots for the Fashionable Fella

October 18, 2011 by  
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Boots are a great way to add some oomph to any outfit, and they can easily be a go-to style weapon for a jeans and t-shirt guy. Just in time for fall, we’ve rounded up 14 eco-friendly boots to kick around in until the hot sun emerges once again. So whether you’re a dude looking for something rugged , or a fine fella set on a pair that’s a little more  streamlined , we’ve got you covered. Hit the jump for our favorite eco picks for autumn! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brave GentleMan , Danner , Dr. Martens , eco friendly shoes , eco-friendly boots , Hunter , LL Bean , Made in the U.S.A. , men’s eco clothing , men’s eco-fashion , Novacas , Oliberte , sustainable boots , sustainable shoes , Swims , Timberland , Tretorn , Vegan Boots , vegan shoes , Vegetarian Shoes , vintage boots , vintage clothing , vintage fashion , Wolverine

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Transforming “Ze o Ze” Shoes Let You Swap Components for a Whole New Look

August 1, 2011 by  
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If you’ve ever walked out the door thinking you nailed your outfit, only feel a few minutes later you’ve made a fashion faux-pas with your footwear, then the  “Ze o Ze” might be the solution to your fashion woes. Created by Israeli industrial designer  Daniela Bekerman , the Ze o Ze features a transforming modular construction that can go from ballet slipper, to a brogue-inspired lace-up, to a Mary Jane kitten-heel pump! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Daniela Bekerman , eco friendly shoes , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , modular shoes , multifunctional fashion , multifunctional shoes , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable shoes , sustainable style , transformer fashion , transformer shoes

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