Sustainable Style: Where To Buy Eco And Ethical Trainers

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Made from: Completely sustainable materials including a range of vegetable tanned leathers, organic and Fairtrade cotton, recycled plastic, wild rubber, jute and hemp (ethically produced in Brazil).

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Matt & Nat

Made from: 100% vegan, sustainable and recycled materials, including cork, rubber and recycled PET bottles.

Bonus points: All the Matt & Nat factories are also Social Accountability certified.

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Made from: Natural rubber, organic and Fairtrade cotton (including the laces), using only non-toxic dyes.


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Po Zu

Made from: Naturally renewable and sustainably harvested materials, primarily Piñatex (pineapple plastic), organic cotton, wool, coir (a mix of coconut husk and natural latex), cork, chrome-free leather and natural rubber. No toxic dyes are used on any products.

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For Your Earth

Made from: Recycled footwear and natural rubber for soles and insoles; organic cotton and recycled polyester for laces and inner lining. Only non-toxic, natural dyes and pigments, and non-toxic water-based glues are used.

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Made from: Organic and recycled materials (including recycled polyester from plastic bottles taken from the ocean).

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Made from: Natural materials including cork, Piñatex, recycled PET and paperboard. It also uses carbon-neutral manufacturing to create all its vegan sneakers.

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Adidas X Parley (Adidas range)

Made from: Recycled yarn, with some of the yarn featuring Parley Ocean Plastic™ which is made from recycled waste from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean.


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Made from: Natural and recycled materials – including recycled plastic bottles for laces, wool from merino sheep, TENCEL™ Lyocell tree fibre, and SweetFoam™ soles made from sugarcane.

Bonus points: Allbirds also use 90% post-consumer recycled cardboard to serve as a shoebox, shopping bag and mailer all in one.


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 16  May, 2018 and was updated on 6 August, 2019.

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