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Eco4Sneaker

We have developed a shoe for you, that is made completely from high quality, sustainable components. Its timeless unisex design will captivate you and it will fit in perfectly with your varied lifestyle.

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White Rabbit Special Edition

We go much further. The white colourway of the ECO4 sneakers was developed together with PETA Germany. The animal rights organisation is successfully active, on a global scale, in the promotion of a vegan lifestyle and the protection of animals.

10 Euro for each shoe sold go directly to PETA, so they can continue to carry out this important mission.

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10 Euro for each shoe sold to PETA Deutschland

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Sad facts that motivate us to act: the shoe industry is environmentally damaging and unfair. In Germany, in 2017, almost 400 million pairs of shoes were sold. Nearly every single one of them leaves a footprint consisting of toxic chemicals, animal cruelty, climate-changing CO2 and unfair labour practices.

Toxic chemicals

Many toxic chemicals are used in shoe production, which harm workers, the environment and, at the end of the day, you as well! These unhealthy chemicals are not properly disposed of and end up in groundwater.

Animal cruelty and leather

Millions of animals suffer during their harrowing transportation to their place of slaughter. And it often transpires that the animal is still alive whilst the skin is ripped from it. These skins are cheaply tanned using chromium. You can also still come into contact with this harmful heavy metal through the finished leather product!

High CO2 emissions

Around 65 steps are required to produce a single shoe, some of which are very energy-intensive. These give rise to 16 kg of climate damaging CO2 (on average). This is equivalent to driving a car for approximately 160 km or 3257 balloons full of CO2!

Unfair labour practices

A large proportion of the shoes sold in Germany come from Asia. Low wages, lack of health and safety, child labour and exploitation are frequently on the agenda there! There is neither social security nor sufficient healthcare.

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The four pillars of sustainability make the ECO4Sneaker one of the most environmentally-friendly shoes on the market.

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Vegan & free from animal cruelty

We consciously work without any kind of animal-derived materials! No leather, no animal cruelty and, with that, there is also no carcinogenic chromium VI or other toxic chemicals!

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Hand-made in Portugal (EU)

These sneakers are made by hand by a small portuguese shoe manufacturer. The highest quality, short delivery distances and fair labour practices!

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Recycled materials

From the sole to the upper material — (nearly) everything is recycled here! Old car tyres, cotton remnants from the textile industry or former PET bottles. Each material is used exactly where it makes the most sense to do so. For high walking comfort, unique grip and extreme durability.

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Carbon neutral

The CO2 arising from production and delivery is 100% offset. The offset funds are used by Climate Partner to support a forest conservation project in Kenya, which has unique flora and many endangered animal species!

Roadmap

Birth of the idea for a sustainable sneaker

2015 - 2018

Product development

2018

First finished sample of the ECO4 Sneaker

3rd February 2019

Start of crowdfunding

17th March 2019

End of crowdfunding

25th March 2019

Start of production

June 2019

Delivery of the ECO4 Sneaker

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Learn more about the vision for the ECO4Sneakers in this video interview with bleed founder Michael Spitzbarth.

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You can download a media kit here. This zip file contains licence-free images, a press text and high-resolution logos.