Entries by Jon Van Drunen


New Footwear Brand Lane Eight Turns Sustainable By Going With Recycled And Plant-Based Materials

By: Tim Newcomb Just over one year into existence, the direct-to-consumer Hong Kong-based Lane Eight footwear brand — started by brothers Josh and James Shorrock, veterans of the sneaker industry, including Adidas — have taken on an all-encompassing shift to sustainable materials by choosing recycled and plant-based materials. “Since we started this brand, there was […]

Reebok announces its first-ever plant-based running shoe

by Dale Arden Chong| Tuesday, December 03 2019 Reebok is going deeper into the sustainability movement. The athletic brand announced in a press release the launch of its latest design, the Forever Floatride Grow, which is a plant-based running shoe made from castor beans, eucalyptus trees, algae foam and more. According to the announcement, the […]

The solution to fighting climate change could be lurking in our oceans

By Ben Lamm As fires rage in the Amazon, people have latched onto the phrase that the Amazon is the “lungs of the earth.” President Emmanuel Macron of France warned that “our house is burning.” Celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Vanessa Hudgens raised funds to support the Amazon, and the hashtag #PrayforAmazonia went viral. Our hearts collectively burst for the […]

ALDO Launches First Sustainable & Vegan Collection – Call It Spring

Canadian footwear brand Call it Spring introduces new, sustainable styles for the autumn / winter season. This is the brand’s first sustainable collection and consists of styles abricated with innovative materials such as jersey fabric made of recycled water bottles, insoles made from an innovative algae-based material, and eco vegan leathers. Call it Spring tells us the […]

This Quick-drying, Odorless 4-in-1 Sneaker Is the Only Pair of Shoes You Need for Your Next Adventure

BY MADISON ALCEDO AUGUST 27, 2019 There’s no wonder this all-terrain sneaker brand raised close to $4 million on Kickstarter. No matter what time of the year you’re heading off to your next adventure, there’s one mantra you should always follow: “Pack comfy shoes.” Whether you opt to wear a jumpsuit or leggings for your travel outfit, you can’t head […]

Beer-Loving Trail Runners, Rejoice: The Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish Head

By CAITLIN GIDDINGS SEP 12, 2019 Why It’s Hot: The rugged, SeaQuench-themed trail runner adds algae to your midsole. Flex grooves in the midsole give you better, more adaptable ground contact A sticky and durable outsole grips all terrain The TPU overlays and laces are 100-percent recycled, and there’s a 40-percent recycled mesh lining, among other eco-friendly […]

Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear

By Bryan Holt August 19, 2019 8:30AM PST Many outdoor and environmentally conscious brands have been utilizing Bloom, a plant-based foam made from algae, in their products to tackle climate change effects and lower their carbon footprint in the production process. We shared the details on Native Shoes’ Plant Shoe in June and we were stunned by its appearance, durability, […]