Eco-friendly Sneakers made from Algae

HAVE YOU EVER RUN ON ALGAE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS WET? AT THAT POINT, YOUR BALANCE IS AT RISK. ONE SMART FASHION BRAND, VIVOBAREFOOT HAS TAKEN THE BOLD STEP OF PRODUCING RUNNING SHOES USING ALGAE GATHERED FROM FRESHWATER SOURCES.

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Over the past few years, the environmental experts have been screaming and warning us of the dangers of climate change and its effects which are obvious in our environment. The major solution to this problem is to embrace eco-friendliness in a bid to save the world. Since then, individuals and organisations have made efforts to reduce activities that kill the environment and have begun to help produce items that help reduce or recycle waste. Brands are now using what a few years ago would be termed as waste to make products that are durable. Vivobarefoot, in a bid to help save the world has launched a running shoe made by using algae gathered from freshwater sources.

Source: Vivabarefoot.com

Source: Vivabarefoot.com

The company's website reads thus; 

This step an ultra-eco take on our hero amphibious shoe, the Ultra III. Made using Algae rescued from waterways from around the World, this shoe is the latest of our sustainable design initiatives. The shoe is launched in collaboration with Bloom Foam, an eco-crusading team based in Mississippi who define themselves as “the world’s first plant-based, high-performance solution to synthetic and petroleum-based flexible foams.”

Every pair will help re-circulate 57 gallons of filtered water back into natural habitats, and prevent the equivalent of 40 balloons full of CO2 being released into the Earth’s atmosphere. 
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This is a good step in the right direction because harmful Algal blooms pose eco-crisis threatening marine environments the all over the world. Chemical wastes –notably containing phosphorous and nitrates, often found in fertilizers – are seeping into waterways and creating conditions that trigger the uncontrollable growth of Algae. The Algae releases toxins harmful to humans and animals, as well as depleting oxygen in the water and blocking sunlight – vital components to a healthy marine ecosystem. This can lead to mass deaths of local wildlife (marine mammals, fish-stocks, birds) and the pollution of drinking water and the air we breathe.  By removing the Algae from marine systems and replacing the ecologically harmful petro-based materials used for so many modern products, the world can be made a cleaner place.

This should serve as a lesson for brands to be futuristic in their thinking. Businesses should go beyond making profit. They should bring about innovative products that will save mankind. It has been observed that such brands win the loyalty of customers without so much effort.

Dressed in Trash?

A POPULAR AMERICAN FASHION COMPANY AND A B CORP ARE PICKING PLASTIC BOTTLES OFF THE STREETS OF HAITI AND TRANSFORMING THEM INTO AMAZING FABRIC MAGIC.

Photo via inhabitat.com

Photo via inhabitat.com

Hello Nigeria, this might just be one sure way out of our waste management problem. Plastic bottles form a huge part of our solid waste and this may be the way out.

A Popular American fashion brand, Timberland is collaborating with Thread a certified B Corp to pick, collate, and recycle waste plastic bottles off the streets and canals in Haiti and recycling them into fabric. Solid waste management has been a problem to the Haitians. In 2012, the Haitian government passed a law forbidding the import of polyethylene and polystyrene in a bid to counter the menace.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti 

Port-au-Prince, Haiti 

Quite obviously, it hasn't been enforced or monitored properly. Haiti a country blessed with very rich natural beauty is losing this to waste and dirt piles littered round streets.  Parks and paths are scattered with poorly managed solid waste; blocking drains and causing heavy stench. World Bank’s 'What a waste report (2012)' predicts that waste-generation rates will most likely double over the next 20 years in lower-income countries such as Haiti.

Streets of Haiti // Photo via orderofmaltarelief.org

Streets of Haiti // Photo via orderofmaltarelief.org

Timberland x Thread’s ecofriendly project will serve as source material for the fashion brands newest collection of T-shirts, shoes, and bags which launches today. Each yard of fabric made will be tracked from bottle collection to manufacture this is to ensure total transparency from start to finish. Timberland’s new collaboration is not just saving the environment of the Haiti people is also giving many a livelihood. Over 1300 Haitians are being employed to work on the project, collecting, collating and assisting in the recycle of these bottles.