As summer approaches and wardrobes transition to accommodate warmer weather, sandals offer a versatile option to keep you cool. Choosing sustainable footwear can be difficult, however, with vegan leather alternatives like PVC being labelled by Greenpeace as some of the most environmentally damaging plastics available. Leather, too, raises sustainability concerns thanks to emissions from animal agriculture and the toxic chemicals used in the tanning process. As well as material concerns, the cheap, disposable nature of sandals can encourage unethical manufacturing that incurs a human debt.
To aid in this search for sustainable, ethical footwear, we have put together a list of six brands who’s integral ethics aim to reduce negative manufacturing impact through investment in craftsmanship and innovative new materials.
Purchasing a pair of shoes from Nisolo secures investment in over 500 people integral to their supply chain through better than fair wages and provision of healthcare. The brand follows three ethical modes of production; their own factory in Trujillo, Peru, ethical factories in other countries across the world, and investment in small independent artisans. Nisolo also aim to offset the emissions of their production through a partnership with Ecosphere+ which encourages changes that create a positive ongoing chain for environmental outcomes, particularly in protecting the rainforest close to their Peruvian factory. So far this scheme has protected 76,928 trees and inset 570 metric tons of CO2 thanks to customer purchases.
Post time: Apr-17-2020