Some styles come and go, but true fashion lasts. We build fashionable, fun, and sustainable sneakers made to last. We choose only the best plant-based fabrics for our lows to provide our socially conscious consumers with comfortable, durable, and eco-friendly shoes. We not only pack comfort in our vegan sneakers, but we also package them in environmentally friendly recycled boxes as part of our commitment to our planet.
Hemp is an extremely durable, super strong, and all-natural textile that holds its shape and is naturally resistant to mildew and ultraviolet light. Its tensile strength is three times stronger than cotton. It is resistant to fading by sunlight. It has a longer lifespan than other natural fabrics. It is so strong that Henry Ford even experimented with the material in the 1940s making cars.
Pinatex®, which is a “natural, innovative and patented new material, is made from pineapple leaf fibers gathered by partner farming cooperatives in the Philippines.” The fibers used to make fabric are the “by-product of the pineapple harvest” that is usually thrown away and burned. Ananas Anam, the maker of the fabric and a Certified B Corporation, states that “no extra land, fertilizer or pesticides are required” to produce the natural and vegan product that has the appearance of leather. The use of the “pineapple waste” has provided rural farming communities with income after the pineapple harvest. After the fiber is taken from the leaf, the “biomass” that is left can be used as a natural fertilizer or biofuel.
Cotton lines the sneakers. Cotton is a natural fiber that has been grown for thousands of years. It's a very versatile crop that is spun into a soft yarn. Over the years, cotton farming has made tremendous strides toward sustainability and environmental responsibility.
The outsoles are made of a recyclable material known as Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE). It has the characteristics of plastic and rubber, but unlike rubber, TPE can be recycled or remolded over and over again. This material, which is used in the medical industry, has outstanding thermal properties and material stability. Since TPEs require less energy in the production process and less waste, the use of them creates environmental benefits. In the near future, Organic Garments wants to reduce its environmental impact even more by producing a sneaker sole with all organic material.
Reuse, repurpose, and recycle. Our boxes are made of 100% recycled materials and our shoes are cushioned inside the boxes with recyclable paper. After they arrive, find another purpose for our box. Wrap up a present. Store something precious. Keep your shoes inside the boxes when they are not on your feet or recycle them!