SAOLA was born with a clear ambition: to offer cool, comfortable but above all innovative and sustainable productsto change the shoe industry, one of the most polluting in the world. We also knew from the start that our means of "startup" would not allow us to revolutionize everything at once and we made choices. After months of research, visits to factories and suppliers, we decided to focus in a first phase on what is responsible for around 60% - 70% of the carbon footprint of products: materials and processes Manufacturing.
We therefore use a maximum of recycled, bio-sourced materials and also technologies for optimizing manufacturing processes such as "knit / knitting" which allows simplification of assembly but also eliminates any waste of material.
"Offer cool, comfortable but above all innovative and sustainable products"
It was imperative to find a production plant in line with our social and environmental values, but one that was also close to our raw material suppliers to reduce emissions from transportation of materials.
After spending much time searching to find the ideal partner, we selected a factory near Hanoi in Vietnam, which already had been producing footwear for established brands who had social and environmental regulations in place. This allowed us to guarantee satisfactory working conditions for the employees and assure a high quality of production - something that is far from easy when you’re a startup!
Our local agent, Xavier, has been based in Taiwan for many years and is in charge of production monitoring. He regularly travels to the factory in Hanoi and has continually given us positive feedback on the quality of the factory, the working environment, and ongoing improvements in the quality of production. Thanks Xavier!
The fact is, everything is in a perpetual state of change and the only promise we can make is to remain tenacious in our search to find better social and environmental solutions to bring you truly sustainable kicks.