These shoes are made out of 100% Algae foam

I have a bit of a habit of misplacing things. This wouldn’t be as big of an issue if I wasn’t traveling A LOT, so when I leave something in a hotel room, chances are, it’ll be gone forever. Over the years I’ve made tons on improvements and I don’t misplace any crucial items any more, but every year one or two personal items of mine go missing. This year, it’s one out of two pairs of sneakers I own (or shall I say “used to own”)…

While I’m ooookay with having just one pair of sneakers for the time being, I’ve looked around for a suitable replacement that is in line with zero waste living. Buying used shoes is something I might consider, but I haven’t had much luck browsing charity shop racks for nice and not-too-used sneakers. I’ve also always wanted to own a pair of water-friendly shoes for outdoor activities, but Crocs didn’t seem like a great purchase decision for me – they’re 100% plastic.

Enter – the Vivobarefoot Ultra Blooms, a shoe that’s entirely made out of 100% algae-based foam. Algae harvesting has been popping up on eco news sites for quite a while, but until recently all shoe solutions seemed to be in “beta”, meaning you couldn’t just go online and buy a pair… That’s changed since last month, these shoes are on sale on the Vivobarefoot website!

In case you’re not familar with algae harvesting yet, here’s a cool (slightly gross) video, that showcases the process of algae harvesting from lakes. These are not edible “friendly” algae like Spirulina or Chlorella. Algae harvesters filter out harmful waste algae that pollute freshwater lakes and are detrimental to the environment.

According to the Vivobarefoot website, one pair of shoes “returns 57 gallons of water to the environment.” While my main motto for purchases is “less is more”, I think that’s a fairly good reason to buy a pair of new shoes.

I’m ordering a pair asap, and can’t wait to try them out. Stay tuned for an honest review. I’m asking them to keep their packaging waste to a minimum. Let’s see how that’s going to work out.

Note: I am not affiliated with Vivobarefoot, just genuinely excited about this product!

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