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So... what are vegan sneakers, and why are they so popular now?


So, you're curious about vegan sneakers, right? You may be wondering why the term seems to be everywhere now... from Instagram, to Facebook, even in-store. But what makes vegan sneakers different from traditional sneakers, and why they have become so popular in recent years?

In this blog post, we'll explore the world of vegan sneakers and everything you need to know about them! BUT, first things first, GONE are the days of boring vegan sneakers and hemp flip flops.

These vegan sneakers by Trash Planet (a well earned plug) are made from a recycled sole, and leather made from corn waste.


So, what exactly are vegan sneakers?

In its rawest form vegan sneakers are essentially shoes made without any animal products. This means that the materials used to make vegan sneakers are either:

  • plant-based,
  • synthetic,
  • or recycled, and do not come from animals such as leather, suede or wool.

But note that most sneakers actually use glue derived from animal ingredients, so vegan sneakers use glue that is water-based and significantly more environmentally friendly instead. Vegan sneakers are not only animal-friendly, but they also have a lower environmental impact than traditional sneakers.


Why buy vegan sneakers?

One of the main reasons people opt for vegan sneakers is due to ethical concerns surrounding animal welfare. Many people choose to avoid animal products in their fashion choices as a way to promote cruelty-free and sustainable living. Additionally, vegan sneakers are often more affordable than traditional leather sneakers, making them accessible to a wider audience.

Another reason vegan sneakers have gained popularity is because they are versatile and come in a wide variety of styles. You can find vegan sneakers in the same classic designs and colors as traditional sneakers, making them suitable for all occasions.


But what materials are used to make vegan sneakers?

Some of the most common materials used include canvas, hemp, recycled plastic, and synthetic leather alternatives such as Piñatex, made from pineapple leaf fibers. These materials are not only cruelty-free but also have a lower carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

It's also worth noting that vegan sneakers are not just for vegans. Anyone can wear vegan sneakers and enjoy the benefits of cruelty-free and sustainable footwear.

Many mainstream brands are now releasing cheap vegan sneakers but they are cheap as they are simply only using cheap virgin plastic materials to make their sneakers, which has a significant negative impact on the environment. To keep costs down, they are also still manufacturing in high-risk areas for child labour and unethical manufacturing.

Virgin plastic is harmful to the planet because it's resource intensive, uses finite materials, and can take thousands of years to break down - whilst in the process, it releases toxic microplastics, contributing to pollution in our oceans and harming wildlife.


So, why Trash Planet Vegan Sneakers?

In contrast, Trash Planet's new collection of vegan sneakers is made from revolutionary materials created from food waste like apple leather and corn leather. These materials are not only environmentally friendly but also innovative in terms of sustainability. All Trash Planet footwear is manufactured in Portugal, where we audit and have a close relationship with our suppliers to ensure they meet our ethical standards.

We also have LOOP, our own sneaker recycling scheme where you can send your old shoes back in the box you got them in for £10 off your next pair. This recycling system is a game-changer in the sneaker industry because it allows for our vegan sneakers to be remade into future footwear, rather than ending up in a landfill, slowly but surely destroying our planet.

Our LOOP recycling system provides a sustainable solution for footwear waste. Not only are you able to save money on your next pair of sneakers, but you can also feel good knowing that your old shoes will be given new life.

Our commitment to sustainability, ethical manufacturing, and innovation in the use of eco-friendly materials and recycling schemes sets us apart from other brands still using virgin plastic materials. By choosing Trash Planet's vegan sneakers, individuals can make a positive impact on both the environment and the future of the sneaker industry.


That's a wrap!

So, there you have it. Vegan sneakers are shoes made without any animal products, and they have become increasingly popular due to ethical and sustainability concerns.

But now, with a wide variety of styles and materials available, vegan sneakers are a much more versatile option - and they are more affordable now too. Why not click here and check out our latest made-to-order release, where you can snag 25% off all new styles, and even reserve yours today with a small deposit!

By thinking about it and choosing the right vegan sneakers, you can make a positive impact on the environment and promote cruelty-free fashion choices!

TLDR (a quick breakdown for you):

Benefits of Vegan Sneakers:

  • Made without any animal products, making them a cruelty-free option
  • Have a lower environmental impact than traditional leather sneakers
  • Come in a wide variety of styles and materials, suitable for any occasion
  • Can be made from sustainable materials such as apple leather, corn leather, and even Piñatex, made from pineapple leaf fibers

Cons of Leather Sneakers:

  • Made from animal hides, which contributes to horrific animal cruelty in the leather industry
  • The production of leather sneakers is incredibly resource intensive, requiring significant amounts of water, energy, and dangerous chromium based chemicals used in the tanning process. These chemicals leak into waterways, and are incredibly dangerous to human health, resulting in many exposed to it becoming ill with severe life-threatening diseases.
  • Can be difficult to maintain and care for, requiring specialized products and regular upkeep

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