Eco Friendly Shoes, Vegan Footwear, Carbon Neutral Brands.
Welcome to MyShoes, we are part of the BeZero group of brands. Our ethos is to empower people to live better at lower cost. We all need shoes, so why not buy shoes that are lower cost to your pocket and the earth.
The information listed on this site is aimed at helping customers to identify products and brands of footwear that are friendly to the environment.
Top EcoFriendly Shoes Brands in Australia.
Offer a broad range of fashion shoes for women. They are available on the Betts online store.
Zeroe offer Eco-Friendly packaging, with their tote bags being made from 8 recycled water bottles.
Zeroe offer a Vegan Certified product range.
Allbirds produce a range of sports and leisure footwear for both men and women.
They pride themselves on using a range of sustainable materials. The actually publish their carbon footprint for each shoe they create.
Allbirds also offset any carbon emissions produced during their manufacturing processes.
Made in Brazil, Veja shoes are available from several outlets throughout Australia.
Veja prides itself on mixing social projects, economic justice and ecological materials.
They use Brazilian and Peruvian organic cotton for the canvas and laces. Amazonian rubber for the soles and various recycled plastic bottles or polyester.
Kuwaii is a Melbourne based company that aims to be carbon neutral, plastic free, Solar-Powered all with minimal waste.
Being Australian made means less emissions from transporting product around the globe.
Kuwaii has initiated and then expanded the ‘Big 4 Plastics Ban’, which is a fantastic initiative.
EKN is a German based footwear company that focuses on handmade and organic shoes.
Their shoes for both Men and Women are made in Portugal.
They use biological materials, no harmful chemicals and they produce in limited quantities.
Even brands such as Nike have realised that consumers are demanding more sustainable options on their feet.
As far back as 2012 Nike had released the Flyknit. One of the first sneakers to be made from recycled polyester.
Nike claims that Flyknit shoes dramatically cut down on material waste by making use of digital knitting technology.
Each shoes is drafted from the equivalent to 6 recycled plastic bottles.
Parley x Adidas.
Parley for the Oceans and Adidas partnered as far back as 2015. The brands worked on turning scrap generated from marine pollutions into sportswear. They launched both apparel and footwear. These products are made entirely from recycled ocean plastics and gillnets.
Tarkine was established by Australian runners Sam Burke and Ross Johnson.
The mission for Tarkine is a company that values environmental responsibility above all else.
They have committed that 2% of every Tarkine sale will be donated to save old growth Rainforests in Tasmania.
Tarkine also have a unique ‘return to Tarkine’ recycling program. All shoes are then recycled in to products such as bags, yoga mats and fabric.
Greats is a Brooklyn based environmentally conscious shoes brand. They offer a range of sneakers.
Eco Features include;
- Some products are 100% Vegan.
- 100% Recyclable packaging.
- Eco Conscious Supply Chain.
Wills Vegan Store.
In 2013 Wills launched as an ethically made Vegan shoes company. Their shoes are made in Italy and Portugal, and more than just being Vegan, the ensure all workers rights are protected.
Their products are made from bio-based vegan leather from cereal crops.
What makes Eco Friendly Shoes ?
The most sustainable way to shop for eco friendly shoes is by buying second-hand rather than from major stores.
Choosing preloved items completely bypasses the manufacturing process, which is the largest environmental problem that the footwear industry makes.
As listed above, a heap of manufacturers have heard the consumer call for more eco friendly alternatives to their favoured materials.
These fit in to 5 main categories.
Recycled – Recycled plastics and rubber are being used in the construction of eco-footwear. Reusing these materials keeps them out of the ocean or landfill.
Recyclable – Sustainable shoes should be made from recyclable materials. As we’ve seen above, some brands now offer recycling as part of their business. You can send your shoes back to the brand, and they’ll make things like Yoga mats from the end of life shoes.
Biodegradable – Natural materials such as leather, cotton and bamboo can be great for the environment. Although some farming methods can be water and energy intensive, so it’s not the whole solution.
Upcycled – Materials like reclaimed leather and manufacturing off cuts are a bit different to recycled materials. As Upcycled materials are typically not broken down and re-purposed, instead they are reclaimed and cut up to create new shoes. Obviously upcycled 2nd hand products will always be the most sustainable.
Plant Based – Not all vegan materials are as ‘eco’ as they sounds as some are made purely from plastic. There are several types of plant based materials around that look like leather, such as Pineapple, Mango and Mushrooms.
Non Toxic Manufacturing
It’s quite difficult to get in depth knowledge on how footwear brands make their products. As a general rule though, if a brand is using non toxic materials and processes they will normally tell you on their website. Unfortunately, chemicals and toxins are part of the broader shoe industry. These processes aren’t ideal for a sustainable future.
Ethical practices and fair trade are a key component of Eco Friendly Footwear. I’m sure we’ve all been to Asia and have seen ‘knock off’ shoes from reputable brands. It’s likely that these products have been made in ‘sweat shop’ factories, where employees rights are not held in high regard.
Then it’s the sourcing of the raw materials, is it sustainably farmed? What protections are in place for the farm workers?