The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after the oil & gas industry and labor conditions are often terrible. Many initiatives around the globe are starting to find ways to reduce the industry's carbon footprint, some even go as far as to turning waste into fashion.
Xinca Eco Shoes, an Argentinian company, has been producing sneakers made our of 100% recycled fabric waste and rubber from discarded tires since 2016. For each pair of sneakers, Xinca found a way to replace the production process with materials of recycled origin.
Recycles tires are transformed into rubber dust that ends up being the sole of Xinca sneakers. For the upper part of the shoes, reused fabrics and are cut and stitched together.
What is the environmental impact?
One billion tires per year are disposed all around the globe. In Argentina alone, about 100,000 tons of rubber from tires are discarded per year.
But here comes the most alarming bit. Approximately 150 million tires end up being burned. And burning a single tire produces approximately 7.75 liters of toxins that are released into our atmosphere.
Check out our article on Nike's similar initiative!
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