Pioneering brand Vivobarefoot have released the latest shoe in their sustainable range, made from 70% plant-based materials. The Primus Bio range uses a plant based polymer in its sole and upper – a natural bi-product of the field corn food industry. The company’s founders are firm believers that barefoot shoe-making equates to sustainability – Vivobarefoot has alread pioneered shoes made of repurposed algae, and recycled plastic, with 17 bottles going into each pair. Last year, the brand recycled 2 million plastic bottles from landfills and turned them into shoes.
Fans of the Primus Bio will have to wait till 2019 to get their hands on these pioneering shoes, but the other recycled algae and plastic ranges are out now.
Not only does Patagonia pledge at least 1% of sales or 10% of pre-tax profits to environmental groups, they’re constantly auditing the materials they use and the methods they use to make their products to ensure they’re doing their best for the environment.
A brand from New Zealand, with sustainability at the heart of everything they do, they recycled 6.7 million bottles into their kit last year, and are 80% towards their zero waste to landfill target.
You might not have heard of Teko, but in fact, they have been doing something for the environment for a while now. Their running and cycling products are made from regenerated commercial fishing nets, chlorine-free merino wool, use responsibly farmed, and recycled polyester that is made from used bottles collected in Turin.
Presca, who make customisable cycling and running kit, have recently announced the launch of a new running range made from 100% recycled materials.
The range is made using state-of-the-art technology, with six recycled plastic bottles going into the making of each garment.
Including a men’s running vest, men’s technical t-shirt and a women’s running technical t-shirt, the tops are available in two colourful designs.
The first custom kit manufacturer to offer 100% recycled fabric for technical sportswear, the Eco collection by Scimitar can be tailored for running clubs if needed. For the past 18 months, the design team have been testing the range, to perfect the range, which is made from plastic bottles and regenerated cotton.: