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I am really impressed by the number of companies around the world that are starting to do environmentally friendly things.  A number of companies are making vegan shoes where, for example, the laces will be made from organic cotton, the upper knit of the shoe is made from recycled plastic bottles and the inner soles are made from recycled algae foam and natural cork.  I bought myself a pair of these shoes recently and although they are not my favourite shoes in terms of look, they were completely comfortable to wear and I am happy knowing that my shoes are made out of plastic rubbish taken from the ocean where it was floating around and turned into shoes!

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Brenda Strydom  said:
on Tuesday 27-Oct-20 07:17 AM
This is really amazing to see what people can do. Hopefully more companies will start doing this.

Chante  said:
on Monday 12-Oct-20 04:27 PM
It is true that many companies are turning towards environment friendly products. Hopefully this will one day make a difference to the condition of our planet. It would be great if more and more companies would fall in with this.

Sinead  said:
on Thursday 01-Oct-20 12:20 PM
What a great way to recycle! Not that I would wear shoes that look like that...
It's great to see how the world is moving to the more environmentally friendly vibe.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Wednesday 30-Sep-20 02:00 PM
Oh my word, that is amazing. People are so creative. I love it!

brumilde  said:
on Wednesday 30-Sep-20 01:13 PM
Any change for the better should make a difference. More people should try and recycle. I wish SA would make law making it mandatory

Victoria  said:
on Wednesday 30-Sep-20 08:40 AM
It is really amazing that companies are starting to make environmentally friendly products. Hopefully more companies will also start doing this.

Helen  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 01:47 PM
Very interesting blog about the vegan shoes.
I would never thought that there is any possibility to make from recycled plastic bottles and recycled algae foam the shoes.
Many companies overseas can prove that shoes can be vegan, environmentally-friendly, ethically made and look stylish all at once.

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 12:42 PM
I have never understood why environmentally friendly things - electronic cars and vegan shoes - have a tendency to look ugly. That being said, things such as vegan shoes do have the potential to become quite fashionable - an easy way to do something, without too much inconvenience to yourself, to protect the environment.

Shristi  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 12:39 PM
This is a really cool idea and a cause I will support!! Its great to know that people out there are trying to find ways to make a difference to the environment!

Bronwyn  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 10:22 AM
It is Amazing to see how a normal plastic bag and a few other recycled items can be recreated, I seen previously in south Africa we have Some guy from Alexandra who also uses old plastic bags, coldrink bottles etc and turns it into amazing Art pieces.

Prishani  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 10:21 AM
Quite interesting, I don’t think it will be as fashionable as many people would like, but I guess at the end of the day it is really about saving the environment and making people aware of all the creative things that can be done.

Jolene   said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 01:35 PM
Very creative, we should all do our part. I saw they are constructing a road made of recycled plastic in the Eastern Cape.

thembi  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 07:13 AM
This will improve the environment a lot if all people can afford to buy this shoes, They look the same as even normal shoes

sandra  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 07:13 AM
This is an impressive new piece of work. They are probably not as "grand" as a lot of shoe brands out there but they sure do look comfortable and an advantage of being environmentally friendly.

Danielle  said:
on Friday 25-Sep-20 04:12 PM
It is very nice to know that people are looking after our earth this makes me happy knowing that our animals and plants have a better chance of survival. I would buy a pair as they look like our daily shoes that we wear.

Henrietta  said:
on Wednesday 23-Sep-20 02:29 PM
I'll be very honest, if you put these shoes on a shelf in the shops by other shoes and not call them vegan I won't even know the difference. What I also notice that for recycled shoes they are quite pricey. they should really try make it more attractive money wise as well.

Nicolle  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 03:39 PM
I'd be interested to see the shoes.

fikile  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 11:30 AM
It is quite nice to know that people are recycling plastics and other stuff, but I don't think most people would buy the shoes.

Tamaryn Melville  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:51 AM
They should really have called them Recycling Shoes. Perhaps they think by marketing them as vegan there will be more sales.

Zindy  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:03 AM
Must be honest haven't seen any such thing on our shelves. It is a great idea using recycled materials dont know who came up with such an idea and not sure how popular this could actually be.

Thabitha  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 07:39 AM
I like the idea of cleaning the environment but the shoes a big no for me not my favorite

franzelle  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 07:31 AM
I'm glad to see someone finally doing something to save the planet and also think this is an amazing idea

Daniella  said:
on Monday 21-Sep-20 11:19 AM
That's really awesome- I don't think vegan shoes should be the name for them though a more suitable name would be upcycled shoes. There is something about calling a shoe vegan that just doesn't sound right to me.

Natasha  said:
on Monday 21-Sep-20 09:15 AM
Wow that is sooo amazing. I am so glad that they started to do that , that will help a lot.

Joyce  said:
on Monday 21-Sep-20 09:07 AM
It sounds like lots of creativity involved in making vegan shoes. Amazing idea of saving environment

Luchell  said:
on Friday 18-Sep-20 05:02 PM
This is amazing, will definitely help to save the planet

Joyce  said:
on Friday 18-Sep-20 04:50 PM
I sounds like lots of creativity involved in making vegan shoes. Amazing idea of saving environment

Claudia B  said:
on Friday 18-Sep-20 03:45 PM
This is really amazing to see, would definitely buy a pair of vegan shoes. it's great to know they are trying to save the planet.

Dasanya  said:
on Thursday 17-Sep-20 03:57 PM
This is very innovative and definitely a better way to recycle plastic although I do agree that the price and look may not make these shoes very appealing.

Kendall  said:
on Thursday 17-Sep-20 03:39 PM
This is such a clever idea! Unfortunately they will probably be very expensive and will not appeal to the masses. Although this may be the case, every effort to help save the environment goes a long way.

Roxanne  said:
on Thursday 17-Sep-20 01:23 PM
Wow this is an amazing thing to do, I'm glad to see someone finally doing something to save the planet

Kayla  said:
on Wednesday 16-Sep-20 04:48 PM
Wow! This is very creative and a wonderful idea of recycling. Saving the environment one idea at a time. Will definitely go have a look and google a bit on these shoes. Hopefully soon they will bring out more stylish designs to attract people and suit everyone's taste.

Colleen  said:
on Wednesday 16-Sep-20 03:54 PM
This is such a great initiative to help save the environment.

Melissa  said:
on Wednesday 16-Sep-20 09:03 AM
This is really a great way to help the environment, but I don't think that I will wear these types of shoes

Zandelee de Swardt  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 03:46 PM
An interesting statistic that I read when looking up these vegan shoes was that more than 23 billion pairs of sneakers are made every year, over 300 million pairs are thrown out annually, and, on average, it takes 30-40 years for a pair to fully decompose in a landfill which just shows how bad this can be for the environment. I am very glad to hear that there are in fact shoe brands that are trying to set a new standard by making sneakers with innovative, eco-friendly materials and more sustainable alternatives for the shoes we currently have.

Ziyanda  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 01:38 PM
It is always nice to see how companies are trying to "Go Green" but it in the case of the shoes, I think they should make them more fashionable and affordable to attract more people.

Melissa van Tellingen  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 11:50 AM
Wow! Saving the environment one plastic shoe at a time. Love it.

Lauren Fletcher  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 11:33 AM
This is super interesting. I'm intrigued by all the ways we can "Go Green" in our every day lives even the shoes we wear can be environmentally friendly. The prices however might make it a bit inaccessible to the masses.

Courtney  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 11:28 AM
Never heard of these shoes in my whole life. I googled it now and wow, not something I would ever wear. I am very happy that people recycle etc. This is not something I would ever wear.

Mathilda  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 10:52 AM
I have actually seen these "vegan shoes" online, they are also quite expensive and not very fashionable.
But it’s a start and will probably become the new trend and force other companies to also make more environmentally friendly changes to their products.

Megan  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 10:26 AM
It's great to hear that these shoes are made from recycled plastic and all recycled goods are used, but are these shoes biodegradable? What happens if these shoes are outgrown and disposed of incorrectly, flung into the sea or laying around it the streets? Its a great start but the amount of shoes that lay around in streets here in S.A is very strange. I think biodegradable should be the next focus.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 09:21 AM
This is a great idea in terms of helping the environment. There is way too much plastic floating around in the ocean and land.

Nicolene  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 09:05 AM
What?? This is very interesting. So nice to see that people are actually thinking about making vegan shoes although it's also not my favorite and it's definitely not something I would wear, but I can imagine that it's comfortable.

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 09:03 AM
Looking after the environment is the next big thing after technology related business. We all need a serious buy in as far as things like this are concerned .

Ashleigh  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:50 AM
I really love that people are looking out to save animal life and earth. Not many people are actually aware of the severity of destruction in the ocean due to all the waste that is put into it. I watched many documentaries that have brought me to tears of what the human race is doing to nature. I would support recyclable idea's where I can.

Melandre'  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:48 AM
That is such an awesome way to recycle plastic. I would definitely get myself a pair. Absolutely love this!

Angelique J  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:47 AM
I won't lie and say that I would be buying a pair, they are really not attractive. I can think of other ways to do my bit to be more environmental friendly. Every little bit helps but at the cost of wearing ugly shoes? me? That's a hard no from me.

Alexis  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:46 AM
That is quite remarkable to say the least, making shoes out of recycling and assisting the environment. I will definitely buy a pair or two for myself and assist anyone who is working with the world in such a way

Clare  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 08:42 AM
This is fantastic, i love the idea. I am currently wearing legging that Pick and pay sell that are recycled cotton, they are fantastic and i find them longer lasting then the normal pair you buy else ware.

Tayla  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 07:58 AM
I am all for this idea, saving our planet one step at a time with all these new ideas.

david  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 07:36 AM
i would have bought vegan shoes immediately.
probably 2 pairs for each member of the family!

david  said:
on Tuesday 15-Sep-20 07:35 AM
i am having doubts about ever reading your blog again. your heading is misleading. no vegans were used to make the shoes. the shoes are made of plastic. how very sad. is there still no use for vegans?


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