To brighten up your mood in this winter Sunday, check this Swedish sustainable brand for shoes, Blankens!
This brand has been founded in 2014 and it has been embarked since day1 in a journey towards sustainability. Here their underlying principles:
Production chain should be in proximity: in this way they can reduce the negative impact of shipping elements of production and that is why all manufacturing is entirely made in North of Portugal.
2. Materials sustainability and traceability: all the leather is sourced in Italy and Spain, and the brand is in the process of replacing it with more sustainable materials, such as vegetally tanned leathers, eco-leathers, and alternative materials made from recycled plastic.
3. Create products that are supposed to last by combining nice design with good quality.
If you visit the e-shop you can quickly realize that prices are affordable, and the shoes are really stylish in my opinion and durable too, hope you get inspired for your shopping!
Hello! If you are looking for shoes made with Cactus leather, you should try the collection fromCarmona.
This footwear Mexican brand is founded by 3 sisters based in León Guanajuato, where making shoes is a tradition since generations.
These ladies have decided starting day one to join the ecological revolution, integrating sustainable and innovative materials into their products designs.
The leather they use in the creation of footwear is a soft, sustainable and partially organic product that replaces the use of animal leather and synthetics that harm the environment. Moreover all the materials are locally sourced in Mexico but also carefully hand made by local expert artisans with great care and attention!
Shipping is worldwide however it is relatively straightforward if you live in US or Canada (actually free within Mexico) but if you are based somewhere else you would need to drop them a message to get to know shipping accurate costs and estimated timelines.
My favorite piece of the collection is the pair of vegan combat boots, perfect combination with long skirts and different type of stockings to wear during cold season just ahead of us in Europe!
Hope you get inspired for your next shopping of vegan shoes, take care!
Hello! I came across this brand, ThokkThokk, a German sustainable fashion label, and I think it is worth keeping it in the radar for your next purchase of loungewear.
They got GOTS certified in 2014, which means the garments they produce contain at least 70% of organic fibers (actually there are 2 levels of GOTS certification: to get the label grade ‘organic’ products must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers).
They claim to use eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, tencel and recycled plastic so they make an effort to reduce climate impact and limit the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production.
Another thing on the positive side is that they seem to care a lot about traceability: in their website you can find information on where their manufacturer are based and what part of the production process are they taking care of.
There is also an highlighted commitment to actively fight child labor: they have an ongoing collaboration with Indian NGO SAVE, with the mission to combating child labor in the textile industry and promoting the rights of women and workers. SAVE stands for Social Awareness and Voluntary Education. The 121-member organization together with over 600 volunteers for the rights of women and workers and the prevention of child labor in the Indian textile industry.
Overall I guess deserves the attention of a buyer who is sensitive to ethical fashion. Their online shop is available in German and English and they ship worldwide, for sure I will give it a try!
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I have come across another interesting company producing sustainable and recyclable sneakers, 100% Made in Italy, called WOMSH, which stands for Word of Mouth Shoes to promote the idea that the products they make can spread the message of respect for the environment.
Sustainability as I go along and dig into it, it is a journey rather than a milestone itself: this brand keeps improving its products to become more sustainable incrementally let’s say: they use recycled material for the upper part of the shoe, such as appleskin, material originated from plastic bottles and recycled cotton. So most of the shoe components are actually made with recycled materials with the exception for the soles which can trigger the recycle process after they are gone by being collected and repurposed to create other items, in this specific example to produce the flooring for children playgrounds, and back in 2018 already 1500 pair of sneakers were already being recycled in this way.
WOMSH does also good for the planet as they participate to the Zero Impact initiative promoted by Lifegate which aims to calculate, reduce and offset CO2 emissions generated as part of the manufacturing process.
They support worldwide shipping and their collections looks pretty good to me, it is a good opportunity to buy sneakers made with good sustainability practices.
Hello! if you are looking for a new bag or pair of shoes you should definitely take a look at this brand Funky Kalakar! This brand is putting a lot of focus and energy into promoting the value of transparency in the fashion industry.
Basically this company believes that transparency is key to craft a conscious future for our environment and for our people and therefore it is vital that we are conscious about the way our clothes are made, and who it impacts the most.
Funky Kalakar has a very ambitious mission to achieve a circular supply chain and they have come up with a so called GO Zero initiative which is the way the envision to implement a circular fashion model, i n which the garments, shoes or accessories are recycled or upcycled for as long as possible, to reduce wastes and pollution caused by the discarding process of the old and worn-out products.
What they do essentially is to collect old products such as shoes that users sent to them, to upcycle or recycle and give them a new life and create new pieces!
That is not all! To promote this type of customer behavior into the circular loop, every users can get a 15% discount on the next online purchase when donating an old item, I think it is a very nice initiative!
Have a look at their collection, all the bags and shoes are made by local artisans across India, I am sure you will find a product you like, not to mention that they have been listed as vegan brand by PETA!
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Hello! Looking for a modern luxury yet affordable bags brand which is committed to produce items with no use of animal leather? Check this one out! EXPRESSIONS NYC
This brand has the commitment to sustain circular economy and they state that the materials used in their production process are 100% vegan, therefore constantly researching and utilizing new materials, such as cork, recycled bottles (for the handbags interior lining) and recycled packaging for their shipping boxes.
As you can see reading their story on the website they are PETA-Approved vegan brand, and their slogan is “Live ethically & support sustainable fashion.”
Their collection is designed in New York and named after the streets and avenue of the city.
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