Here are some innovative brands that are making super cool eco-friendly and vegan shoes.
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The People’s Movement, otherwise known as MOVMT, has a clear mission: to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean and on land by turning it into something useful – in this case, really cool shoes. The company talks about making “eco-hip” footwear and accessories, but the simplicity of the term “eco-hip” belies the depth of the mission. Eco hip is not just about looking cool. Eco hip stands for where we are in our modern world, when shoes are no longer just shoes; they can a means for solving bigger problems – not just preventing a stubbed toe!
MOVMT collects plastic bags in Bali that would otherwise be thrown away and blends them with environmentally-friendly materials to make the fabrics for their shoes. They support the nonprofit 5 Gyres, which also focuses on reducing plastic pollution through oceanic research, community collaboration, and action.
MOVMT shoes are casual and comfortable and come in a variety of colors and styles. In addition to recycled plastic, you’ll find styles in other eco-friendly materials, like organic cotton canvas.
Ahimsa is a Brazilian shoe producer that proudly says they only produce vegan shoes and that “love” is one of their key brand attributes. Ahimsa has made it their mission to manufacture their choose sustainably, respect all forms of life, and inspire conscious behavior. Their end goal: “to have a more conscious society, one day completely free of cruelty.”
Concerned about working conditions for shoe makers around the world, the Ahimsa team made the decision to open their own factory so they could assure their products would be made according to their social values. Their vegan shoes and boots are handmade with great attention to detail, resulting in a beautiful, high-quality artisanal product.
Ahimsa’s women’s and men’s shoes come in a variety of styles, including sneakers and high tops, sandals, and dress shoes.