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Coveted footwear brand, Birkenstock, has expanded its existing range of vegan shoes – marking a shift toward more
sustainable and compassionate shoe making.

The usually-leather sandals now come in over 60
animal-friendly options for men, women, and children.

Included in the vegan range are a series of
different styles, offered in both earthy and vibrant colours.

The vegan shoes are made using the brand’s own leather-like
Birko-Flor, an acrylic
and polyamide felt composite, cork, and EVA, or ethylene-vinyl
acetate, a rubber like material known for its durability.

Ethical manufacturing

Also a pertinent consideration with respect to ethical
consumerism is manufacturing – an area in which Birkenstock is noteworthy.

The shoes are made exclusively in Germany, so the
company has to follow Germany’s strict labour laws and ensure a safe, healthy
environment for its workers.

Reduced waste

Birkenstock also attempts to reduce waste involved in
both packaging and wear.

The packaging is made from 90 percent recycled materials,
in accordance with German law and, in the event of damage, Birkenstock owners
can take their shoes into a certified location for repair – rater than having
to replace them.

The brand’s website describes environmental protection
as ‘paramount’ – adding that ‘sustainability is an expression of the company’s
corporate ethos’.

The shoes can be purchased both in store, and online.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.