Ethical practices are something we should all look for when buying from brands. Many don’t realize the massive impact of simply buying from a company can have.
Many well-known, popular brands offer unfair wages, source from harmful farming methods and feature toxic chemicals in their products.
When it comes to our precious offspring, ‘conscious’ and ethical purchasing is not only setting a great example in caring for others and the environment, but also shielding our little ones from potentially harmful chemicals in the very products themselves.
Below are a list of ethical kid shoe companies that are using applaudable practices. Their shoes also happen to be fabulous and comfortable too!
Native Shoes is a new croc-like sneak, but with great design, mega flare and stylish patterns. They’re incredible shoes are super light-weight with a cushy feeling of a marshmallow that never melts. Made mostly from EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), a material that is BPA, formaldehyde and phthalate free and their shoes are REACH and CPSIA compliant. EVA is ideal for kids and adults alike, as it is washable, shock absorbent and odor-resistant. Native Shoes are also ‘beast free’ and they use a low-emission manufacturing process and they are packaged and shipped in recyclable materials. Native Shoes also has a 6-month warranty, which is a way of knowing their products are well made.
Umi Shoes are super cute and uber comfy. They use ultra soft, non-toxic, environmentally friendly natural materials. They have created every design with careful thought and consideration for growing feet, proper gait and they test extensively for durability and safety. Their shoes are top-of-the-line in design, breathability, and they ship their shoes in 100% recycled packaging. If you’re looking a luxury shoe for your wee ones, look no further.
KEEN Footwear makes a great shoe. Extremely durable and made for the great outdoors, Keen as a fantastic choice for everyone in the family. Keen also has a Hybrid Care giving program, in which they work with nonprofits to help the environment for today and for future generations.
This year they helped:
- Give more than 7 million in cash and resources
- Permanently protect 13 million acres of land
- Teach Leave No Trace principles to more than 1,000,000 people
- Stop 9 proposed hydropower dams in the US
- Remove nearly 40 tons of trash from our nation’s waterways
To learn more about Hybrid.Care, visit www.keenfootwear.com/hybridcare
Pediped is an outstanding shoe company made from eco-friendly materials. Their stylish designs stand out in comfort, and they are specifically engineered to promote healthy foot development. Pediped shoes are made with premium grade, toxin-free materials to keep your kid super safe. With fashion‐forward styles, affordable prices and promoting healthy foot development, Pediped is a shining star in kids ethical shoe fashion.
Soft Star Shoes
Soft Star Shoes’ motto is to “Walk lightly on the earth,” which makes perfect sense with their shoes being so light plus their ethical environmental practices. They reduce waste by conserving raw materials, reusing and recycling. Soft Star Shoes also encourage healthy foot development — their shoes are designed for healthy, natural movement with extremely flexible, soft soles and breathable, natural materials. What’s more, you can actually design your own pair of shoes on their website and choose style, color and even a monogram to make them unique to you and/or your baby!
This outdoors-inspired footwear brand that uses recycled, recyclable and reusable packaging. Their outsoles are made with partially recycled and reusable compressed rubber. But it’s not just what they’re doing inside their shoe shops, but outside that’s really impressive. Jambu partners with American Forests to preserve and restore forests devastated by wildfires. American Forests is the oldest national conservation non-profit in the United States. Jambu has committed to plant 50,000 trees this year! Yetzalee Mazza, Jambu’s Director of Marketing says, “Jambu is a tree that grows in the rainforest and we wanted to do our part in giving back to the place that defines us. Like the forest, Jambu™ prides itself on being eco-friendly, made for the outdoors and great for the soul/sole.”
To learn more about American Forests visit www.americanforests.org
TOMS has many exciting projects in the making in addition to their already implemented ‘one-for-one’ program in which every pair of shoes sold, someone in the world that doesn’t have shoes gets a pair as well. They also use sustainable vegan materials for a completely eco-friendly line of products. TOMS is truly making a difference in the world by giving back to communities and non-profits. TOMS has given 35 million pairs of shoes to kids, restored sight to over 275,000 and helped provide over 67,000 weeks of safe water! TOMS new Bag Collection has helped train birth attendants and distributed birth kits to help woman deliver babies safely. TOMS is truly paving the way for a bright future, not only in fashion, but for the planet.
VIVOBAREFOOT is an innovative footwear brand made with sustainable, recycled, locally sourced materials and eco-friendly production techniques in ethical factories. Lance Clarke, VIVOBAREFOOT’s chairman, created Soul of Africa and VIVOBAREFOOT has helped its development over the last two years. Soul of Africa has raised over $2m to provide hundreds of jobs in a destitute area of South Africa. They are leaders in futuristic, lightweight, durable shoes made for any purpose or sport and they last for a very long time.