From nat-2, a German footwear designer immersed in sustainable and eco-friendly design, we meet the vegan recycled bubble wrap sneakers. Yes, bubble wrap.
The new vegan recycled bubble wrap sneakers were designed in collaboration with Israeli startup Remeant, and this is the first time the bubble wrap material has been used in shoes. The innovative material not only keeps bubble wrap out of the landfill, but it is 100% vegan and is available in a range of colors.
The inclusion of recycled bubble wrap provides an interesting look and waterproof protection. The lining is made from a signature bioceramic yarn developed and made by nat-2. Real cork, taken from the outside of the tree without damaging it, makes up the insoles, and real rubber is used for the outsoles. Recycled PET is used to make the laces, and the heels consist of miniscule bits of glass. The vegan sneakers feature a low-profile design and are not gender-specific. They are meant to be durable and versatile for a long usable life, and perhaps could be the only pair of shoes you’ll need for days at the beach, at the office or just in the backyard.
The company steps outside the lines with nearly every release. Examples in prior lines include shoes made with fungi, algae, coffee, corn, beans, flowers, cannabis, milk, moss, cast-off slaughterhouse blood and many more. Most of the sneakers are handmade and fairly produced via a small family manufacturer in Italy. The company also relies on low-impact packaging like shoeboxes and brochures made from recycled paper as well as wooden hang tags made out of wood from certified sustainable forests.
nat-2 explained, “The reason for using many sustainable and eco-friendly materials and techniques is not only the ecological aspect but also a matter of what we consider as ‘good design’. By creating such innovative products and things, we also reach new aesthetics and haptics which have never [been] seen before in fashion, footwear and accessories.”
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