Reebok Vegan Shoes – Made From Corn And Castor Bean Oil. Reebok, the American Athleisure brand has announced its first merchandise part of its sustainability initiative Cotton + Corn. A pair of sneakers with bioplastic sole made from oil-free materials.
Cotton + Corn is Reebok’s initiative launched last year seeking to reduce the brand’s environmental impact by finding an alternative to the petroleum-based rubber and foam soles that the company uses in its sneakers.
Reebok’s Corn sneaker is the company’s first vegan shoe as it has the upper woven from cotton, its sole from corn, and the insole from castor bean oil.
Adidas, a company known for its environmentally-focused collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, owns Reebok since 2005. Recently, the parent company has given Reebok access to the US manufacturers DuPont Tate & Lyle to help in the development of the sneakers with their petroleum-free, non-toxic and 100 per cent bio-based material named Susterra propanediol.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 75 per cent of the shoes are made of bio-based materials and Reebok took its vegan shoes under strict testing procedures to ensure it performs and feels like any other normal shoe.
As the materials used in the creation of Reebok vegan shoes are undyed, the products have only one colour of natural chalk. Moreover, Reebok is shipping the shoes in 100 per cent recycled packaging, and only online.
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