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What Materials Are Sustainable Sneakers Made From?

Isn’t it a great feeling to wear shoes that are not only designed to last a long time, but were also made using processes that minimize impact on the environment?

Whether you’re a fan of classic canvas sneakers, prefer a more luxe leather, or love a lightweight knit shoe, all of Cariuma’s materials are sustainably-sourced. Wonder what materials our sustainable sneakers are made from? Let’s find out!

The Body of the Shoe

There are many environmentally preferred materials that can be used to create the perfect pair of crazy comfy shoes. Besides sticking to ethical practices and using responsibly sourced materials, we also use Bluesign-certified chemicals to dye our materials.

The Body of the Shoe

There are many environmentally preferred materials that can be used to create the perfect pair of crazy comfy shoes. Besides sticking to ethical practices and using responsibly sourced materials, we also use Bluesign-certified chemicals to dye our materials.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a strong fiber with a naturally fast growth cycle and high CO₂ absorption, it’s also a great material for making shoes! Our IBI sneakers are made with bamboo and recycled PET to create the perfect fit bamboo knit. Our bamboo is certified by Forest Stewardship Council, OEKO-TEX & the Organic Crop Improvement Association.

Organic Cotton

So, you like the look of canvas sneakers? We do, too. We’re proud to say that our OCA sneakers are made using 100% organic cotton canvas certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. By using organic methods of farming to create GOTS organic cotton, we protect the environment from toxic chemicals and pesticides. The result? Classic sneakers that are made sustainably, for you and the planet. 

Leather/Suede

We believe that every step in the production of shoes should be done responsibly and with care, which is why we take special measures to source our leather & suede responsibly. None of our premium materials are sourced from any area deforested for cattle-farming purposes. 

The Insoles/Soles

Rubber

Our OCA and CATIBA sneakers come with a rubber outsole. Our perfectly-weighted natural rubber is gathered from the hevea brasiliensis tree through ethical “tapping” (removing a milky sap from its bark). So, no trees are ever harmed in the production of our sneakers!

Sugarcane

Our IBI sneakers outsoles are constructed with fully-renewable, bio-based resource that grows quickly and naturally removes carbon from the atmosphere. Instead of traditional irrigation, our sugarcane uses natural rainwater to grow, ultimately making for environmentally friendly shoes.

Mamona Oil

Mamona is a plant-based and organic alternative to petroleum. We chose this natural oil in order to significantly decrease our use of virgin plastics and increase the natural content of our products, thus delivering a much greener foam.

Cork

Cork is a natural and sustainable material. To procure it, it is carefully scraped from the cork tree so that the tree remains intact and can form new bark. Cork ensures a healthy environment and all-day comfort for your feet.

Cork

Cork is a natural and sustainable material. To procure it, it is carefully scraped from the cork tree so that the tree remains intact and can form new bark. Cork ensures a healthy environment and all-day comfort for your feet.

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