They’re known as the first fully biodegradable shoe in the world. BLUEVIEW sneakers are made entirely with plant-based materials, proving that anything and everything can be sustainable if companies are bold enough to make it happen.

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When exposed to air, every single part of these shoes will completely break down. It took scientists more than six years to work out a formula using plants to create a knitted upper material that could be used for shoes.

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Additionally, the uppers used for these shoes are made from hemp and eucalyptus yarn. It’s a blend called Plant Knit and it’s the first plant-based, fully biodegradable machine knitted shoe uppers. Tencel and organic cotton are also used in the shoe uppers. The insoles and outsoles are made with plant-based foam that’s similar to polyurethane, but once again biodegradable.

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Most shoes are made with petroleum-based plastics that will not degrade even after hundreds of years. Everything in BLUEVIEW shoes, including the glue, will break down in less than one year in industrial composting conditions.

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Moreover, the knitted uppers of these shoes are soft and flexible around feet to create a comfortable fit. The soles are cushioning and supportive. The insole is contoured to soften your steps. In other words, it’s a great shoe design as well. Not only is this your most eco-friendly shoe option, BLUEVIEW shoes look good and feel good as well.

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Lastly, the shoes have a simple, elegant design that resembles a casual Oxford. They could be in style at a casual restaurant or on the deck of a sailboat. They look great for a picnic or a day running errands. With every purchase of the new Pacific shade, which looks like denim, 5% of the proceeds will help support Monterey Bay Aquarium and its ocean conservation efforts.

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