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As important as eco friendly shoes are to me, there’s an even more important event occurring this week that I must share with you. Earth Hour will happen on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. across the world. EarthHour.org has set a goal of 1 billion people to turn their lights for 1 hour as part of the VOTE EARTH call to action campaign.

I plan to use the hour to reflect on my own impact on global warming and the environment and ways that I can do better. Earth Hour is simply an easy way for everyone across the world to participate by flicking the switch OFF.

I encourage you to visit their site to find out more information and share your plans for the Earth Hour 2009 event. http://www.earthhour.org/home/

I’ll see you when the lights come on!

~Ar



YES YOU CAN be eco and luxurious! Designers Beyond Skin Sui Generis shoes and Rachel Cassar are very adept at producing impeccable eco friendly designs that are sophisticated.

Although Rachel Cassar is not an eco shoe designer, she showed up on my radar as many eco designers do.  Rachel hails from Australia and has a passion for eco fashion.  Both of these designers maintain unwavering ethical production standards. Sui Generis uses vegetable materials and 90% of Rachel Cassar garments are from recycled materials.  Rachel’s eco couture designs are  simply beautiful and would definitely pair well with these Beyond Skin Sui Generis vegan sandals.

Sui Generis Odessa T-Strap-Vegan

Sui Generis Odessa T-Strap-Vegan

Rachel Cassar Collection

Rachel Cassar Collection

I love this quote from Rachel “The only way people are going to accept eco fashion is if they’re not sacrificing anything for it…” It certainly conveys the sentiment of those of us who are pursuing fashion consciousness.

My hope is once the plethora of eco fashion options are discovered, they will become the standard and not the alternative for all.

~Ar



PETA, synonymous with animal rights, has an ongoing celebrity anti-fur awareness campaign makes reality TV. Tonight’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians features the transformation of one of their newest spokesmodels, Khloe Kardashian.

Khloe Kardashia PETA

Khloe Kardashian PETA

Find out more by visiting Khloe’s site.
http://khloekardashian.celebuzz.com/

~Ar



I am often asked, “What is Eco-Friendly,” “What are Vegan Shoes,” “What makes green shoes “green”?”  I’ve sourced it to 5 Things that make Eco Friendly Shoes:  Materials, Manufacturing, Social Responsibility, Design and Consciousness.

1. Materials

Eco friendly shoes differ greatly in content. Vegan shoes are animal-free, meaning all materials used contain no animal byproducts. Most vegan shoes have a synthetic microfiber which looks like leather. Cruelty-free uses animal byproducts such as wool, alpaca and cashmere that are harvested in a human manner. Eco Friendly designers use materials from organic plants, like bamboo, hemp, cork, organic cotton, silk, sasawashi, that are grown in pesticide-free environments. Recycled content such as carpet padding, clothes, plastic, and rubber are also creatively used to produce eco friendly shoes. As seen here, designer, Arti Upadhyay, has used all vegan materials for her Neuaura Shoes Shiner shoe.

Neuaura Shiner

Neuaura Shiner

If you haven’t heard of Melissa Shoes, I have no doubt you soon will.  Melissa Shoes is another innovative company using recycled plastic and some really neat technology. I will be featuring some of their amazing shoes in future posts.

2. Manufacturing

The manufacturing process is probably the most important element that differentiates “eco friendly shoes.” The use of non toxic chemicals and solvent free adhesives alleviate strains on the environment. Some facilities are even powered by solar or wind energy. Many implement conservation and waste reduction practices that are put in place and as part of the work culture. Designers featured in Eco Shoe Source posts take proactive steps to minimize the impact on the environment during the all phases of shoe production.   Eco friendly designers are impacting local communities in developing countries by providing opportunities for fair living wages and decent working conditions.  Neuaura Shoes are manufactured in a factory in Brazil that received the Green Seal in 2008 in recognition for its compliance with Brazilian environmental laws.

3. Social Responsibility

I’m sure it’s hard for us to fathom that some would pose as caring about the environment purely for profitable reasons. What I’ve found is social responsibility is what compels many eco shoe designers to Go Green. You will be impressed by their commitment to sustainable practices from conception to production. Kailia Footwear is an eco friendly company that has successfully merged the concepts of eco, ethical and social responsibility as part of its operations and core mission.  Charmone,  Neuaura, Melissa and Kailia and their Do-Ni line are just some designers that donate to some of the same organizations that we support to either protect animals, the environment and/or women’s issues.

4. Design

One of the most impressive aspects that we eco fashionistas expect is exceptional styling of shoes. It’s often the aesthetic that appeals to us first.  Going Green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, selections or comfort. Often when I tell people I’m wearing eco shoes, they’re amazed!
“Whaaat! Those are eco,” is often the refrain. Celebrities are joining the field of eco designers as eco friendly shoes become more mainstream. Most notably is the success of
Stella McCartney and recently Natalie Portman’s collaboration with Te Casan.  We welcome them to the movement and the publicity they bring.  Chunky heels, boots, platforms, strappy sandals, flats, pumps, peep toe–there’s a style for every taste.

Cydwoq Vegetable Tanned Leather

Cydwoq Vegetable Tanned Leather

5. Consciousness

The beauty of the Eco fashion and Go Green! movement is there are differing shades of green.  If you rather buy eco friendly shoes than recycle, that’s a valuable contribution to the environment and perfectly acceptable.  As you see, the efforts that goes into bringing eco friendly shoes to market is quite prodigious.

Stella McCartney Spring 2009

Stella McCartney Spring 2009


Yes, the shoe industry as a whole still has some work to do, but we all do. The great news is that there are many emerging eco friendly designers offering fashionable eco friendly options.  Going Green is attainable for all and any effort is valuable.  The point is to DO SOMETHING.  Since I started  Eco Shoe Source, I learn more everyday and am encouraged by the challenge to help make the world we live in  better place.
~Ar



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