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April 23, 2021: Kodiak will be the first shoe brand to use PrimaLoft PURE insulation, which stands for “produced using reduced emissions”. The eco-friendly insulation is made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET plastic, which reduces carbon emissions by at least 48%. Kodiak will incorporate PrimaLoft PURE in four styles in its Fall 21 products, including the Kindersley, Stave, Tagish and Chadsey hiking and lifestyle boots. The partnership is part of a larger sustainability initiative for Kodiak, called Built for What Matters, through which it works with its suppliers to incorporate less harmful manufacturing practices and materials.
April 22, 2021: In honor of Earth Day, Vionic shoes donates $ 1 for every pair of shoes sold to Global Green, a nonprofit organization that works with local communities to help develop a vision for a more sustainable future. Along with this donation, Vionic also unveiled its Beach collection, which offers eco-friendly sneakers made from vegan materials.
April 22, 2021: Kengos, a new brand of sustainable footwear, has launched its first shoe: the Lace-Up. The plant-based silhouette is made from corn, cork, cotton and eucalyptus, along with the brand’s Pure Flex natural rubber. The brand made their commitment to end waste a step further by creating the lace-up shoe without the use of adhesives – and as a result, this shoe promotes flexibility and durability. The style is available in men’s and women’s sizes with a price tag of $ 98 on Kengos.com.
April 22, 2021: With Earth Day here, Snipes has something special planned for the Adidas Stan Smith style that features PrimeGreen uppers, which are made from 50% recycled content. The retailer revealed a special installation at its Flatbush Avenue location in Brooklyn, NY, which will remain in place until May 11. To execute the theme, Snipes recruited Olivia Rose to create 100 unique Stan Smith sculptures in miniature versions that will be on display. Additionally, the installation will include a theme of cleaning up the earth and finding creative ways to reuse materials.
April 15, 2021: The latest sustainability effort from Enthusiastic involves the preferred way for many people to wake up – coffee. The shoe company has announced that it will use ground coffee in a new line of sneakers that will debut in August. This effort, Keen said, is part of the Detox the Planet initiative and will reduce the use of petrochemicals. In addition, the brand explained that it will reduce the amount of coffee grounds going to landfills, where they will emit greenhouse gases.
In a statement, Keen said its largest owned factory is in Thailand, which is also home to thousands of cafes and where the idea for using ground coffee came from.
“Our Keen Innovation team had a revelation at a local cafe near our factory in Thailand. They realized that the waste was going to the landfill and wondered if we could use this organic material in our shoes, ”said Erik Burbank, vice president of Keen Effect, in a statement. “After several months of [research and development], we landed on a powerful model. By collecting and recovering waste, we help reduce greenhouse gases and take a new step in reducing our dependence on petrochemicals. “
Keen said he will recycle the coffee grounds into the Elsa Harvest and Eddy Harvest sneakers, which will be available in men’s and women’s sizes.
April 14, 2021: Clarks works to solve the problem of waste and toxic chemicals in shoe making with its latest release, scheduled for Earth Day. The Clarks Origin collection, available now on Clarksusa.com, consists of two styles for men and women – a sneaker and a new version of the Wallabee – made without glue and just five components. Their unique Polyvelt construction generates less waste and has a significantly reduced impact on the planet, according to the brand. Additionally, Clarks has carefully chosen its materials, using 100% recycled polyester laces and recyclable yarn, while the outsole is made from 51% recycled content and the sockliner contains 15% production waste EVA foam. and 5% recycled rubber. The Origin sneaker is priced at $ 150 and the Origin Wallabee retails for $ 170.
April 9, 2021: Champion Athleticwear has two green product releases to celebrate Earth Day: an updated version of its iconic Rally Pro sneakers and a collection of recycled polyester t-shirts and sweatshirts called Natural State. The launch is an extension of the brand’s Champion Made initiative, an established list of sustainability goals that include achieving zero waste in all operations by 2025. The new Champion Rally Pro Earth sneaker was created with the BBC International licensing partner and is the brand’s first sneaker assembled with 25 to 45% recycled materials and 50 to 65% recycled materials, the percentages varying depending on the color of the shoe. The style is available in three colorways, which will retail for $ 104.22 at Champion.com and select Champion stores starting in April. 22. The Champion Natural State clothing collection will debut the same day and will be sold online and in-store at Champion and Urban Outfitters, priced at $ 35 to $ 75.
April 7, 2021: Suits you announced a partnership with the international leader in recycling TerraCycle. Dubbed TevaForever, the program – part of the brand’s broader commitment to reducing its environmental impact – allows shoppers to breathe new life into their well-worn sandals. Customers wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to visit Teva.com to download a prepaid shipping label and send their sandals to TerraCycle, who will divert the shoes from landfills, clean them and separate their materials to prepare for processing. The processed materials will then be used by manufacturers to make new products such as playgrounds, sports fields and track ground covers. According to Teva vice president and general manager Anders Bergstrom, the program “gives our fans an easy way to join the cause.”
April 5, 2021: In honor of Earth Month, Anthropology partners with the Brazilian brand of clothing and accessories Rio farm. As part of Farm Rio’s 1,000 Trees a Day project, Anthropologie has committed to donate 25,000 trees during the year through the non-profit organization One Tree Planted. In addition to its partnership, which begins April 8, Anthropologie plans to donate a limited-edition reusable tote designed exclusively for online shoppers who place an order over $ 175. “We are so inspired by the important work our friends at Farm Rio have done over the past 23 years and are more than proud to partner with them to help One Tree Planted’s reforestation efforts in Brazil,” said Anu Narayanan, director of merchandising in a statement. declaration.
April 1, 2021: As part of its increased commitment to sustainable development, Koio launches its most ecological sneaker to date. Called Retro Runner, the unisex, padded silhouette features LWG Gold certified leather and partially recycled synthetics in the upper. Underfoot styling also includes the brand’s “ReCycled” outsole, which is made from 68% pre-consumer recycled material, and the “Recycled” midsole, which is made from 30% pre-consumer recycled EVA. The style will retail for $ 278 on koio.co starting April 2.
April 1, 2021: For their fourth collection, Nicky hilton and French sole teamed up for a durable line. Launched today exclusively with retailer Maison de Mode, the collection includes four eco-friendly models made from organic and recycled materials without animals. Models include flats and sneakers, priced at $ 165. “My awareness of the importance of sustainability in fashion has grown a lot over the years,” Hilton said in a statement. “This step within my own brand is something that fascinates me a lot. All shoes wear out eventually, so creating shoes with materials that are not harmful to the planet and that can potentially be recycled is extremely beneficial.
March 31, 2021: Giesswein intensifies its green strategy with its new Cactus sneaker. The shoe, which is available in white, black, blue, red and green, is made from vegan cactus leather. The raw material of the sneaker is made of Mexican prickly pear, with the insole and inner lining made of organic cotton. By using vegetable leather, the use of chemicals like PVC or phthalates is completely avoided, according to the company. The durable style will be available in June, priced at $ 159.
March 22, 2021: Mr. PorterMP’s in-house label has released an eco-friendly version of its popular Larry sneaker. The upper is made with recycled grape waste from the Italian wine industry, while the soles are made from 30% recycled rubber. Made in Portugal, the updated version of the minimalist silhouette also features organic cotton laces and an onSteam microfiber lining, made entirely of recyclable polyester, breathable, sweat resistant and designed to look like leather. MP’s Larry Eco-Edition sneakers are currently available in black and white and retail for $ 335 at mrporter.com.