Ecoalf, a Spanish fashion brand, is investing heavily in sustainable production and recycling. Dezeen reports that Ecoalf’s new footwear collection is made from recycled waste found in oceans and rivers.
Five plastic bottles sourced from the Mediterranean Sea are used to make one pair of Shao sneakers. The plastic is used to create a yarn-like material, which in turn is used to create a black knitted upper, giving the Shao sneaker an on-trend sock-sneaker look.
The outsole is made out of algae found in lakes and rivers which Ecoalf transforms into a flexible foam. Speaking to Dezeen, Ecoalf said, “Algae gives us the most flexible-performing foam. Also, removing it allows clean water to circulate properly, supports plant and animal life, and eliminates the need for non-renewable oils.”
As well as being zero-waste, the design itself is quite minimal, allowing for mass production and making it a stylish, environmentally-conscious alternative.
adidas has recently echoed Ecoalf’s mantra of being environmentally sustainable by doubling down on its commitment to the environment. Along with partnering with Parley for the Oceans on a number of shoes and apparel lines made out of ocean plastic, the German brand wants to use only recycled plastics by 2024.
Check out Ecoalf’s Shao sneaker above and leave your thoughts on whether you’d cop them in the comments.
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