Company makes totally sustainable and recyclable sneakers

If you are a fan of sustainable fashion and want your clothes to be environmentally friendly and recyclable from a company that employs sustainable manufacturing practices, a pair of shoes from Thousand Fell may be just what you are looking for.

Shoes are usually made of materials such as plastic and rubber that take a long time to biodegrade, with many of them ending up in landfills and then the open ocean, where shoes often wash up on beaches as the current takes them from one end of the sea to the other.

In fact, a recent shipping container spill of shoes revealed a stunning level of corporate irresponsibility when it comes to reporting such mishaps that pollute our world.

As the shoes decay, they turn into microplastics that end up contaminating the food chain and can be found even in the most remote places on Earth.

“Whatever it is – if it is sinking to the bottom or washing up on beaches – it’s going to have a detrimental impact to the marine wildlife,” Marine Conservation Society’s Lauren Eyles told the BBC. “The shoes will be breaking down to microplastics over years, which will have huge impacts on the amazing wildlife we have both in the UK and worldwide.”

Shoe companies do offer more sustainable shoes, but Thousand Fell offers these kinds of shoes exclusively and more.

The company website proudly proclaims that “the future of footwear knows no bounds or landfills,” and offers a white shoe made entirely of natural materials.

According to Treehugger:

Made in Brazil of 12 different sustainably sourced materials, including sugar cane, aloe vera, coconut, and recycled plastic water bottles, this innovative footwear is built to be disassembled at the end of its life, the various components sent to be reused, recycled, or composted. The shoes are made of natural rubber and vegan bio-leather, with an aloe vera mesh liner on the inside and recycled yoga mat insole for sockless wearing.

Indeed, the company puts recyclability front and center.

“Your new day-in, day-out, ride-or-die sneakers,” the company declares. “Designed with life in mind, they’re comfortable, breathable, stain and odor resistant too. Live your life in them, wear them through—and do it all guilt-free. When they’re done, just send them back to us for recycling. Tie tightly for your next adventure.”

The shoes perform as well as any other shoe, capable of enduring 10,000 steps a day for 240 days. And while they are priced a little higher than most, they are worth the cost considering what the company is offering to the environment since the shoes can be sent back to the company where the materials are broken down and reused.

“When the time comes, simply send your Thousand Fell sneakers back (on us), and we’ll make sure that, unlike 97% of footwear, they don’t end up in a landfill,” the company states. “[The] team is going to be collecting the worn sneakers and then physically separating the rubber outsoles from the food waste structural pieces and the recycled water bottle upper. These materials will all be ground back down so that they can be reused to either make new sneakers or upcycled locally.”

Finally, a shoe that is made with natural materials that can be recycled and used in future pairs. And even if they are thrown away, they will leave very little waste behind as they degrade. It’s the shoe of the future that will hopefully inspire major shoe companies to adopt the same process.

Featured Image: Thousand Fell

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