Whether its activewear made from coffee waste, compostable coffee pods or cocktails made from excess ingredients, it’s never been easier to live a zero-waste life.
And the latest addition to the sustainable family is a pair of shoes not only made from excess materials, but from something that would otherwise be harming the environment.
Minimalist shoe company Vivobarefoot has created a shoe made from harmful algae.
The Ultra 3 is a fitness shoe designed to be worn in wet and dry environments, and is made from algae removed from marine habitats.
This algae is harmful as it’s the product of chemical waste – such as phosphorous and nitrates – found in waterways around the world which encourages the plant’s uncontrollable growth.
And once it’s taken over, the algae releases toxins which are harmful to humans and animals, depletes oxygen in the water and blocks sunlight.
As all these are essential components of a healthy marine ecosystem, algae can lead to the death of marine mammals, fish and birds alongside polluting drinking water and air.
Vivobarefoot collaborated with Bloom Foam, which makes foam from algae biomass, to create the shoe.It folds up too,
‘By removing the Algae from marine-systems and replacing the ecologically harmful petro-based materials used for so many modern products, Bloom Foam is tackling the problem head on,’ Vivobarefoot’s head of product, Lee Rodgers, told Metro.co.uk.
‘By supporting products made using Bloom Foam technology, we can help make the world a cleaner place.’It’s time we saw more sustainable fashion out there (Picture: Vivobarefoot)
To make the shoe, the algae is harvested and then made into pellets, which can then be used to make the shoe.
And Lee hopes that by making products from sustainable materials, the company will inspire others to do the same.
‘One should only fill up the world with more ‘stuff’ if it is ‘good stuff’, meaning it should do at least one of three things (and preferably all of them!),’ Lee says.
‘Connect us with nature, connect us with each other, and ask important ethical and environmental questions.’[“Source-metro”]