26 Apr '16, 12am

Alice: A Modular, Zero-Waste Shoe Grown From Fungus

OMG shoes. Every year we produce about 20 billion pairs of them worldwide. As irresistible as those stilettos, slingbacks, sandals, and sneakers appear at first blush, however, only 5 percent get recycled at the end of their lives, which means about 19 billion of the things wind up in the landfill. But if the idea of all that waste isn't enough to make you lose your fetish for footwear, perhaps the knowledge of what goes into making them might. Conventional shoe production involves high carbon emissions, heavy water usage, and a raft of hazardous chemicals such as phthalates, chromium, and perfluorinated compounds . Determined to find a better way, Belgian designer Kristel Peters began exploring new, low-impact ways of making shoes based on cradle-to-cradle principles. And fungus. Lots of fungus.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/alice-a-modular-zero-waste-shoe-...

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