The world of sustainable fashion is getting more eco-friendly trainers, but these are the first to be 100% made from plants, which is pretty darn impressive.
Sustainable fashion has turned a big corner after the creation and launch of the world’s first biodegradable shoes made entirely out of plants. And they’re actually really chic, too.
Native Shoes are behind the invention and have crafted the trainer enitrely from plant-based materials, naming it quite aptly, the Plant Shoe.
Plant Shoe is not only responsibly made, sustainable and free from animal products, but can be put on the compost once they’re worn out and will eventually decompose.
One of the materials used to make the trainer is pineapple husks, which are sourced in the Philippines and saved from being discarded waste to transform into a blend of pineapple fibres that take the place of the suede on the upper.
To create part of the shoe’s interior platform, also known as the strobel board, eucalyptus pulp is baled and compressed with “next to zero” effect on its environment. While lactae hevea is taken from the virgin milk of a hevea tree and processed into natural latex outsoles, which take up to two weeks to create a single pair.
So far, the Plant Shoe comes in just one design and are cream in colour with a natural aesthetic. Due to the laborious techniques used to make it, Native Shoes are only able to create small batches at a time with limited qualities, so you might need to set up an alert for restocks.
Mike Belgue, the company’s creative director, says: “It’s funny, none of our materials are particularly ground-breaking, and in some guise (maybe with a bit of tweaking), they’ve been around for a long time.
“We wanted a shoe that was seasonless, genderless and adaptable to any situation, while being elevated and the right shape and canvas for our material palette and construction techniques.”
Although this is an encouraging step for sustainable fashion, it’s not the first shoe to have a compost-able aspect. OAT shoes, created by Dutch product designer Christiaan Maats in 2010, are also biodegrade and have the seed of a flower inside them so that they bloom when you throw them out.
Thankfully we’re also seeing an increase in sustainable fashion brands and more eco-fashion options across accessories, luxury fashion and active wear, making it easier to control our eco-footprint and shop responsibly.
Although intended to be genderless, Plant Shoe comes in both women’s and men’s size and is priced at £205 – check them out here.
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