Coveted footwear brand, Birkenstock, has expanded its existing range of vegan shoes - marking a shift toward more sustainable and compassionate shoe making.
The usually-leather sandals now come in over 60 animal-friendly options for men, women, and children.
Included in the vegan range are a series of different styles, offered in both earthy and vibrant colours.
The vegan shoes are made using the brand’s own leather-like Birko-Flor, an acrylic and polyamide felt composite, cork, and EVA, or ethylene-vinyl acetate, a rubber like material known for its durability.
Also a pertinent consideration with respect to ethical consumerism is manufacturing - an area in which Birkenstock is noteworthy.
The shoes are made exclusively in Germany, so the company has to follow Germany's strict labour laws and ensure a safe, healthy environment for its workers.
Birkenstock also attempts to reduce waste involved in both packaging and wear.
The packaging is made from 90 percent recycled materials, in accordance with German law and, in the event of damage, Birkenstock owners can take their shoes into a certified location for repair - rater than having to replace them.
The brand’s website describes environmental protection as 'paramount' - adding that 'sustainability is an expression of the company’s corporate ethos'.
The shoes can be purchased both in store, and online.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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