Ga Day! Today we are featuring an exciting vegan, free trade, and environmentally friendly sneaker brand Etiko. But before we get into that, I just want to note that things are returning to normal in New York in the aftermath of Sandy. My Brooklyn neighborhood was spared entirely, as we had electricity, cable, internet, everything. Others were not so fortunate. Being from New Jersey, which was hit hardest, I know of people who are suffering immensely right now. My heart and sympathy goes out to those who were affected, especially those at the shore. My feeling is that things will never be the same, but I have faith that the people of this region will bounce back stronger than ever.
Onto more positive matters, today we are profiling Etiko Sneakers, which refers to the low tops and hi tops that bear a striking resemblance to the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. The difference in appearance is only obvious in the different logos on the inside of the hi-tops’ ankle. However, the important differences are beyond what the eye can discern. This Australian company is putting a lot of thought and conscience into their products. When you buy a pair of Etiko kicks, you’re getting something that is 1) vegan, 2) free trade, and 3) environmentally friendly. To wit:
- All sneakers are 100% vegan
- Sole made from sustainable latex rubber trapped from a tree (not made of synthetic chemicals). This rubber is FSC certified.
- Canvas and laces are made of 100% organic cotton.
- Dyes are PCP and AZO free.
- Manufacturing takes place in a fair trade factory in Pakistan.
- Rubber produced by a fair trade rubber farm in Sri Lanka.
Instead of a pair of Chucks, buy a pair of these next! This goes especially if you live in Australia. Special shout out to Sahil who put me on these via Facebook. Again, if you see something, say something. We only have so many eyes to scour the web for fresh vegan gear. Some of the best stuff we’ve been introduced to by you guys.