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The cleanest kicks around: these classy sneakers are totally carbon neutral

The cleanest kicks around: these classy sneakers are totally carbon neutral

Lots of shoe brands have been coming out with new lines of sneakers made of sustainable sources, but the problem is that many of these brands are huge corporations whose practices are unsustainable overall and who have put out eco-friendly shoes in an attempt to win over the public. Another problem is that even if these shoes are sustainable, that doesn’t guarantee that the people making them are being treated fairly.

For this reason, Fernando Porto left his job at a large clothing brand to explore the idea of making shoes differently. Flash forward two years later, and his Brazilian brand, Cariuma, has released a new shoe called the Ibi, which is effectively a carbon-neutral shoe.

Its upper part is knitted from a blend of bamboo and recycled plastic. The company developed a new way to work with bamboo, which is typically turned into…
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