Here’s something new (and encouraging) in the always-crowded sandal sector. Hunter is now using BLOOM Algae material in their new BLOOM Sandals and Slides, saving water and reducing CO2 emissions in the process. The polymer (BLOOM Algae combined with blown EVA, a flexible plastic) is as lightweight and durable as ever.
So why algae, exactly? Algal blooms can be harmful to ecosystems by releasing toxins, consuming oxygen and blocking sunlight from underwater plants. The BLOOM algae material is sourced using a process that both cleans up waterways and ultimately cuts emissions during manufacturing.
According to Hunter’s calculations, every pair of BLOOM Sandals cleans and restores 101 litres of water to the environment and cleans 64 cubic metres of air of carbon dioxide. Every pair of BLOOM Slides cleans and restores 50 litres of water to the environment and cleans 31 cubic metres of air of carbon dioxide.
With an estimated 30 billion pairs of shoes produced globally every year, solutions like this are desperately needed.
More about Hunter’s sustainability efforts here.