Tree pulp and ocean plastic: how shoemakers are reducing their environmental footprint

The Silicon Valley start-up Allbirds is making its name by making shoes out of eco-friendly materials. After the success of its woollen shoes, the company has developed a new textile by spinning eucalyptus tree pulp into a fiber and then knitting it into a mesh fabric. The insoles of the newly-launched skipper shoes are made from castor bean oil, the laces from 100% recycled polyester and even the eyelets are made from a bio-based plastic.
Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Issue: Climate Change Typology: Arenas