I am back with more good news for you. This came to me from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Do you ever wonder if signing a petition or donating to a cause you believe in results in a change? Here is what happened in 2013
Victory for the Environment
- We won in court to protect the polar bears habitat
- Efforts to mine Bristol Bay was stopped when pressure caused British mining company Anglo American to pull out.
- Aided New York residents in their efforts to stop frackng in their area.
- 11 million acres in the arctic reserve were protected from oil development
- Federal court ruled Obama administration violated the law when allowing oil company to use seismic air guns off Alaska endangering the last 300 Beluga Whales.
- We ensured wild buffalo can graze outside Yellowstone National park on 75,000 acres of land they roamed on.
- Convinced British Columbia to oppose tar sands pipeline which threatened Bear coast.
You can watch a beautiful video on these issues (2:15 min long) here.
If that wasn’t enough I found a family owned business right here in the US that makes shoes. Not just any shoes but vegan shoes that come with a 2 year guarantee. Like Pagonia, Okabashi believes in the environment and having a closed loop business cycle.
Our production process is virtually waste-free. Almost all scraps and excess materials are kept free from contaminants and sent through our Microplast Recycling Process. The 2% of re-ground material that cannot be recycled in our factory are sent to our partner company for use in non-apparel goods. Additionally, our recycling, molding, and shut-down procedures enable zero emission of chlorine gas.
As you can see any material Okabashi can not recycle on it’s premises is sent to a recycling business that can. Zero waste business!
The result? We were able to re-introduce and reuse over 100,000 pounds of scrap material last year alone, diverting 10 tractor trailers full of waste from our landfills.
Comparing Okabashi to other shoe manufactures is like comparing apples to oranges. Not only do the shoes come with a guarantee, but the shoes are designed to hold up in a washing machine or even a dishwasher.
Other shoes sold in the United States are designed to wear out in 3 to 9 months. Most shoes are difficult to clean, wear out quickly, and are nearly impossible to recycle. Okabashi shoes and sandals typically last 2 to 4 years, are machine washable & dishwasher-safe, and are 100% recyclable. Durable, recyclable Okabashi shoes reduce consumer expenses as well as the natural resources needed to produce and transport new shoes. Your new Okabashi shoes should last at least 2 years – we guarantee it.
While I would love to dress in all organic materials it’s not financially possible, but Okabashi has taken even that hurdle out of supporting a good product with shoes starting at $10.99 and up. Their shoe like consists of sandals, shoes, diabetic shoes, arthritic shoes, shower shoes, and more.