Making of Ethical Sneaker, Part 4

Natural Rubber

In the forth part of our mini-series you can see how the natural rubber for our shoes is made.

Ethletic is using the natural resource “Hevea Brasialiensis” from its crust latex milk (extracted by hand). This is then used for both our shoe soles and as glue.

It is important for us not only to use ecological materials, but also that they are cultivated with responsibility and that they are socially farmed. The natural rubber for our Ethletic products are from Sri Lanka. It is the first place in the world with FSC certified rubber plantations.

What many people do not know is the fact that rubber tree plantations are contributing to the depletion of carbon dioxide off our environment. According to Indian researchers, one hectare of rubber tree plantations are absorbing seven times more carbon dioxide as a hectare of rainforest.

Furthermore, natural rubber is bio-degradable. This contributs to the relief of environment and prevents the accumulation of “plastic carpets“ on our oceans.

Learn more about natural rubber here.