I am interested in making my boots long lasting. I am hoping to eventually make a prototype using proper shoe sole material. I believe that as a designer, it is my responsibility to try to make any product I make as ecologically friendly as possible. We have limited resources on this planet and so it is important to learn more about where our waste goes and whether there is a better alternative. For the soles I want something made by a company who focuses on recycled materials as raw materials. I found one manufacturer who fits my criteria who distributes shoe soles made of recycled rubber. Vibram is an Italian company who has spent 15 years involving itself in eco-sustainable conduct. With their ECOSTEP® shoe soles they pioneered the use of ecological materials. They include up to 50% of post manufacturing recycled rubber. Vibram has also joined forces with LifeGate’s Zero Impact® environmental program.
Zero Impact® helps compensate CO² emissions generated by our booth setting-up operations at international tradeshows by planting trees in different locations in the world.
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