In this post, we will talk about 5 best eco-friendly shoe brands in the world. Being eco-friendly means thinking about every part of your life and the ways it affects nature. This also includes clothes, accessories, and shoes. Shoes are quite important in our life as they can entirely change the way we look. Nowadays, people prefer sneakers more than other forms of shoes and logically the market is adapting to this necessity. More requirement means more manufacturing.
Due to the growth in demand, shoe manufacturers are booming their production. That means they are using more non-biodegradable products and also the products that can harm the environment. But, some of the shoe brands are taking the environment safety into account by creating eco-friendly shoes. So, here we will take a look at some of the best eco-friendly shoe brands.
In 2015, Adidas decided to try and create an innovative sports shoe made entirely from plastic bottles. They tested prototypes and in 2016 it was already available on the market. The big sportswear company partnered with the non-profit organization Parley for Oceans which fights the plastic pollution in the ocean. This is why the shoes are made with 95% ocean plastic recovered near the Maldives. In 2017, the brand said they want to produce 1 million pairs from more than 11 million plastic bottles.
Reebok changes up the game by bringing 100% recyclable shoes made from organic cotton and corn. They launched their product in 2018 and are from 75% USDA certified biobased content. When it comes to the cost nothing has changed really, it’s the same as a standard pair of sneakers by the brand. Despite all that, the sneakers are not yet compostable but the company is working on a second model that will be. Hopefully, we will be able to get our hands on it soon.
Inkkas is a Brooklyn-based footwear company that strives to promote craftsmanship, authenticity, and quality. They offer handmade shoes by artisanal shoemakers around the world. The materials used for the pairs are locally sourced. The company is also against deforestation and environmental degradation which is why with every pair of sneakers bought they donate to the Trees for the Future organization. Only until 2018, the company planted 1650 trees. Their products are also vegan which means they have a far less carbon footprint than typical shoes.
Veja is a Brazilian brand that creates cool sneakers with recycled cotton and wild rubber. The brand supports local material sourcing and fair trading which is why they pay between 30% to 100% above the world market price for their materials. They even have a pair made with biodegradable fabric which is also vegan. Instead of advertising the brand prefers to stronger its ethnicity, uniqueness, and quality.
Allbirds is a brand worth several billion right now because of their simple yet effective sneakers. They not only offer a good model and quality but also choose the good materials and strive to achieve the eco-friendly goal. The brand uses products such as recycled carbon, recycled plastic, and castor bean oil. They are very careful about where their products come from and try to make sure the materials are sourced locally and the animals are taken care of. Allbirds is FSC certificated which means it source materials that meet strict standards to protect forests, animals and the people who depend on them. They might not be vegan but they are really big on fair trade and ethnicity.
So, these are some of the best eco-friendly shoe brands in the world. I was surprised to learn that the footwear giants Adidas & Reebok are in the top 5 list. They are finally caring more about the environment than their revenue. I hope there will be more shoe brands that will come out with their edition of eco-friendly shoes. If you would like to take eco-friendly to another level you should check up these eco-friendly sneakers options that different brands offer.
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