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We’re Making Shoes That
Fight Climate Change From the Ground UpWe’re Making Shoes That
Fight Climate Change From the Ground Up

We’re Making Shoes That
Fight Climate Change From the Ground Up

Introducing regenerative leather Koios

Footwear Is One of the
Most Environmentally and Socially Toxic Industries

It accounts for 700 million metric tons of CO2 every year 1

It generates toxic wastewater that seeps into rivers 2

It makes use of leathers from cows who are subject to inhumane conditions.

OUR SOLUTION

We’re looking beyond sustainability and toward HEALING
THE PLANET with REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE.

How it works

We’re Sourcing Leather From Regeneratively Grazed
Farms in the Alps

Once a year in Surselva, Switzerland, regenerative farmers come together to lead their livestock on a months-long trip up the mountains, regeneratively grazing until they reach the top and begin their descent.

Regenerative Grazing Means Working With Nature

Regeneratively raised livestock mimic the natural movements of herd animals, giving plants exactly what they need to thrive. If these plants are overgrazed—as they are on conventional farms—they die off. If they’re never grazed, you end up with overgrowth.

A Closer Look at Regenerative Grazing

Livestock graze in one area, then they move onto the next

Grazed plants are left to restore themselves—they start by taking carbon from the atmosphere

Plants release the carbon into the soil through their roots

As a “thank you” for the carbon, soil microorganisms provide plants with the nutrients they need to restore themselves

Regenerative Grazing is
Restoring The Alpine Ecosytems

Increased Soil Carbon

Up to 3.3 billion tons sequestered each year 3

Enchanced Biodiversity

Livestock, plants, and microorganisms work to
help each other thrive, just as nature intended

Strengthened Resilience

Greater groundwater storage and infiltration
rates ensure resistance against floods

Eliminated Need For Chemicals

Soil, plants, and animals band develop
the strength to resist disease and pests
without intervention

REGENERATIVE GRAZING is making the Alpine ecosystem as healthy
as it was 100,000 YEARS AGO.REGENERATIVE GRAZING is making the Alpine ecosystem as healthy
as it was 100,000 YEARS AGO.

REGENERATIVE GRAZING is making the Alpine ecosystem as healthy
as it was 100,000 YEARS AGO.

Regenerative Leather
Is Uniquely Beautiful

See how it compares to conventional leather

Conventional Leather

Each hide is defined by its uniform texture,
which is the result of life in a stable or more
strictly managed pasture, plus chemical coatings
that hide naturally occurring textures.

Regenerative Leather

Each hide is defined by its unique texture, which
often shows subtle scratches and scars—these
marks are a result of life in the Alps.

Discover the Capri Regenerative

Available in two rich colors—Castagna Regenerative and Onyx Regenerative. Both shades are achieved using time-honored vegetable-tanning processes.

Get notified when it launches in April

FAQ

Why aren’t you using vegan leather?

We were so excited about the possibility of bringing vegan leathers into our collection. But while researching the most environmentally responsible way to make shoes, we were surprised to discover that vegan leathers (yes, even so-called apple-peel, cactus, and mushroom leathers) are almost always made with a mixture of plastics derived from fossil fuels.

Given that they’re made with plastics, vegan leathers actually perpetuate a reliance on fossil fuels. Plus, the plastics used to make vegan leathers chip and wear away over time, and these microplastic particles end up in our oceans where they lead to the depletion of marine life. And if that’s not bad enough, the mixed composition of vegan leathers also makes the materials virtually impossible to recycle responsibly.

If there’s ever a form of regenerative vegan leathers that doesn’t come with all of the downsides we mentioned above, then we’ll be thrilled to include it in our collection!

Are your regenerative farms certified organic?

Our regenerative farms are not certified organic, and here’s why: In order to receive the organic certification, farmers must use pesticides, insecticides, or fungicides that are authorized by organic farming regulations. Many of the farmers in Surselva expressed that they feel even these pesticides are still environmentally harmful, so they’ve chosen not to get their organic certification.

Why does regenerative leather look different from conventional leather?

The marks and scars that appear on regenerative leathers are the result of life outdoors.

Why are regenerative leather Koios more expensive than conventional LWG-certified leather Koios?

Regenerative leathers are produced on a much smaller scale, so they’re not as readily available as conventional leathers.

Are all of your shoes made with regenerative leather?

We’re committed to ensuring our entire collection is made from regenerative leather and other regeneratively sourced, natural materials by 2025. Until then, you’ll find more and more regenerative leather styles in our collections each season.

Regenerative agriculture is all about working with nature rather than working against it. Nature moves slowly, and for that reason, regenerative leather isn’t as readily available as conventional leather. Instead of telling a supplier how much leather we need, nature tells our farmers—and then our suppliers—how much leather it can provide.

We also always want to ensure that your Koios are made with exceptional regenerative hides, so we inspect them before using them.

When will you launch more regenerative leather shoes?

Our next regenerative leather shoe is slated to launch in Spring ‘22. Sign up for our newsletter here to stay in the know and get early access to new launches and colors.

If you have questions or comments about Regenerative Koios, we’d love to hear from you!

Email us: hello@koio.co

SOURCES

1 “Measuring Fashion: Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries Study.” Quantis, 2018. https://quantis-intl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/measuringfashion_globalimpactstudy_full-report_quantis_cwf_2018a.pdf.

2 Rao, J. Raghava, N. K. Chandrababu, C. Muralidharan, Balachandran Unni Nair, P. G. Rao, and T. Ramasami. "Recouping the wastewater: a way forward for cleaner leather processing." Journal of cleaner production 11, no. 5 (2003): 591-599.

3 Paustian, K., Cole, C.V., Sauerbeck, D. et al. CO2 Mitigation by Agriculture: An Overview. Climatic Change 40, 135–162 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1005347017157

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