SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES

The uppers of SAOLA shoes are made with recycled plastic bottles, otherwise known as PET. You know it as the plastic used to make food packaging and plastic water bottles (cringe). When recycled, PET goes through a cleaning, grinding, and melting process that results in thread, giving second life to plastic and reducing trash in our landfills. And what happens to this thread you might ask? Well, it’s then woven into various fabrics to create the comfy and stylish uppers for SAOLA shoes. The technology has come so far that we are now able to mimic animal-based materials like leather and suede using recycled plastic, too. If we didn’t tell you they were recycled shoes, you’d never know it.

Depending on the style, each pair of SAOLA shoes contains between 3 and 7 recycled PET bottles. And one more thing. Our PET supplier is accredited by the "Recycled Global Standard" certification, which ensures the traceability of the production line of these materials. That's the way we can produce recycled plastic shoes.

ALGAE FOAM IN THE OUTSOLES

L’équipe de Bloom Foam nettoie des lacs envahis de ces algues nocives provoquées par l'activité humaine. Elles sont ensuite séchées, broyées et transformées en poudre. Cette poudre est ensuite mixée avec de l’EVA afin d’être utilisable pour des semelles.

Les semelles SAOLA intègrent 20% d'algues et contribue
à nettoyer environ 100 litres d’eau par paire.

Une bonne solution à tous les étages !

ORGANIC COTTON FOR THE LACES ©

We use organic cotton for our laces.

Did you know that cotton cultivation represents only 2.4% of the agricultural area, but that it uses nearly one quarter of the pesticides sold in the world? Gah!

That's why we use organic cotton for our recycled shoes. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are replaced by natural compost, and this cotton requires half as much water as traditional cotton. The end-result is cotton that is softer, more flexible, and way kinder to the planet.

NATURAL CORK IN THE INSOLES

The advantage of cork is that if you want to wear your shoes barefoot, cork will be very comfortable. You will feel like you are walking on a cloud.

The bark is harvested without impacting the trees that continue to grow. They thus generate a new bark which will be taken again a few years later.

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