Today’s Solutions: April 14, 2024

The fashion industry is known to have wasteful and environmentally unfriendly practices, but new start-ups who enter the fashion world, as well as many established brands, are aiming to make up for the environmental missteps of the past by embracing ethics and sustainability through innovative means.

Lisbon-based shoe brand Undo for Tomorrow is one of the brands that is striving to manufacture eco-friendly and ethical products. The company just launched the vegan “Nuven” sneakers, which are comprised of sustainably sourced materials as well as recycled and natural materials (such as bamboo for the lining and recycled plastic for the vegan suede outer shell). The main visual feature is the multicolored sole of the sneaker, which is made from discarded party balloons and rubber tire leftovers.

Undo for Tomorrow doesn’t just prioritize sustainability. The startup makes sure to emphasize human and social rights by partnering with a family-owned factory in São Paulo, Brazil, where they source materials mostly from within the domestic Brazilian market, ensure good working conditions and pay their workers good living wages.

The vegan “Nuven” sneaker joins other footwear brands that are finally rejecting the wasteful use of plastic, petroleum, and animal-derived leather that has fueled the footwear industry for generations. Some brands are finding ways to produce compostable shoes out of kombucha tea waste, while others embrace plant-based leather. Even big-name brands such as Adidas are making it their goal to make sustainable shoes more accessible to the general public and have produced zero-waste footwear and sneakers made of mushroom leather.

Source Image: Undo for Tomorrow

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Americans are finally starting to embrace the bidet

Bidet sales are up in America! Editorial confession: We’ve been hoping to write something like that for a long time. If you don’t know ...

Read More

A guide to the bugs eating your garden plants

The summer garden season is in full swing, but finding crawling critters and hole-filled leaves among your delicious produce can dampen your harvest season. ...

Read More

There’s something fishy about this biodegradable plastic

It’s no secret that plastic is not a friend to our environment. Commonly used types of plastic, like polyurethane, are made from non-renewable crude ...

Read More

A new approach to treating brain aneurysms

A brain aneurysm is defined as a weakness in a blood vessel. This area then becomes susceptible to filling with blood and creating a ...

Read More