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Why Bamboo Sneakers have a Lower Carbon Footprint

When talking about your carbon footprint, we don’t mean your actual footprint. Your carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you are responsible for creating in your everyday life. In other words, it’s the amount of fossil fuels and other harmful emissions that contribute to the degradation of the ozone layer, most often a byproduct of travel, energy use, and the consumption of products & services (and resulting waste).

There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, from using less energy at home to biking to work instead of driving. Another great way to lessen your impact on the environment is to shop consciously, choosing products that are made to last with sustainable materials and manufacturing practices.

Why Bamboo Sneakers have a Lower Carbon Footprint

When talking about your carbon footprint, we don’t mean your actual footprint. Your carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you are responsible for creating in your everyday life. In other words, it’s the amount of fossil fuels and other harmful emissions that contribute to the degradation of the ozone layer, most often a byproduct of travel, energy use, and the consumption of products & services (and resulting waste).

There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, from using less energy at home to biking to work instead of driving. Another great way to lessen your impact on the environment is to shop consciously, choosing products that are made to last with sustainable materials and manufacturing practices.
At CARIUMA, we make our eco-friendly sneakers by making conscious choices every step of the way. Our design process is where it all begins: seeing how we can minimize physical pieces and steps in construction to reduce the amount of energy and resources needed. Our raw materials are selected accordingly, with the goal of achieving the smallest carbon footprint we can while preserving the high quality and signature comfort of our sneakers. We are committed to transparency in our raw materials, supply chain and operations, as well as our design innovations and ongoing environmental initiatives: namely, our tree planting - we plant 2 trees for every sneaker purchased.

In 2019, we launched IBI Low, our first bamboo sneaker. In 2021, we debuted IBI Slip-On, the lowest carbon footprint sneaker currently on the market, created with the goal to minimize our carbon footprint, while maximizing the amazing properties of bamboo. In fact, IBI Slip-On has three times fewer emissions than the industry average-per-pair, at just 5.48kg CO₂e. Our IBI sneakers have since become best-sellers; they’re 100% vegan, lightweight, and provide all-day comfort, and feature our perfect-fit, sustainable bamboo and rPET knit upper.
At CARIUMA, we make our eco-friendly sneakers by making conscious choices every step of the way. Our design process is where it all begins: seeing how we can minimize physical pieces and steps in construction to reduce the amount of energy and resources needed. Our raw materials are selected accordingly, with the goal of achieving the smallest carbon footprint we can while preserving the high quality and signature comfort of our sneakers. We are committed to transparency in our raw materials, supply chain and operations, as well as our design innovations and ongoing environmental initiatives: namely, our tree planting - we plant 2 trees for every sneaker purchased.

In 2019, we launched IBI Low, our first bamboo sneaker. In 2021, we debuted IBI Slip-On, the lowest carbon footprint sneaker currently on the market, created with the goal to minimize our carbon footprint, while maximizing the amazing properties of bamboo. In fact, IBI Slip-On has three times fewer emissions than the industry average-per-pair, at just 5.48kg CO₂e. Our IBI sneakers have since become best-sellers; they’re 100% vegan, lightweight, and provide all-day comfort, and feature our perfect-fit, sustainable bamboo and rPET knit upper.

Why We Chose Bamboo, the Sustainable Sneaker Material of the Future.

In developing IBI, several qualities about responsibly harvested, naturally grown bamboo appealed to us. Here’s why we chose bamboo, from strength & durability, to its plant-positive properties.

Bamboo Grows Quickly and Regenerates Itself

When cut from the stalk (versus uprooted), bamboo has the incredible ability to regenerate. This also means that the integrity of the soil is preserved, as well as the plant itself. Once cut from the stalk, bamboo regrows continually from its original roots; thus, it doesn’t need to be replanted on an ongoing basis.

Bamboo Requires Minimal Intervention

Bamboo grows incredibly quickly, and with minimal hands-on cultivation required. With little need for pesticides, fertilizers, bamboo is a minimal intervention plant. It’s also considered a highly ‘versatile’ plant, as it can thrive in a variety of climates.

Bamboo is Incredibly Durable

Did you know bamboo actually belongs to a family of grasses? As such, bamboo has equal strength along the length of its stalk. This makes it incredibly durable and reliable, even when implemented into footwear. That means you can enjoy your bamboo shoes, like IBI Low and IBI Slip-On, for longer than your average sneaker!

Why We Chose Bamboo, the Sustainable Sneaker Material of the Future.

In developing IBI, several qualities about responsibly harvested, naturally grown bamboo appealed to us. Here’s why we chose bamboo, from strength & durability, to its plant-positive properties.

Bamboo Grows Quickly and Regenerates Itself

When cut from the stalk (versus uprooted), bamboo has the incredible ability to regenerate. This also means that the integrity of the soil is preserved, as well as the plant itself. Once cut from the stalk, bamboo regrows continually from its original roots; thus, it doesn’t need to be replanted on an ongoing basis.

Bamboo Requires Minimal Intervention

Bamboo grows incredibly quickly, and with minimal hands-on cultivation required. With little need for pesticides, fertilizers, bamboo is a minimal intervention plant. It’s also considered a highly ‘versatile’ plant, as it can thrive in a variety of climates.

Bamboo is Incredibly Durable

Did you know bamboo actually belongs to a family of grasses? As such, bamboo has equal strength along the length of its stalk. This makes it incredibly durable and reliable, even when implemented into footwear. That means you can enjoy your bamboo shoes, like IBI Low and IBI Slip-On, for longer than your average sneaker!

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