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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

Decreased Atmospheric Carbon

Up to 18 billion tons can be taken out of the atmosphere and sequestered into the soil each year with regenerative agriculture

Enhanced Biodiversity

Livestock, plants, and microorganisms work to help each other thrive and resist disease and pests without chemical intervention, just as nature intended

Happy cows, happy planet

Animals graze freely on endless mountain pastures, enjoying the region’s native (and nutrient-rich) grasses, mosses, and herbs that they’ve helped maintain over the years

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 through photosynthesis

Plants release the carbon into the soil through their roots, building valuable soil carbon

As a “thank you” for the carbon, soil microorganisms provide plants with restorative nutrients that they cannot produce themselves

Regenerative Grazing is
Restoring The Alpine Ecosytems

Increased Soil Carbon

Up to 18 billion tons sequestered each year

Enhanced 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 soils and oceans where they lead to the depletion of wildlife. These microplastics can even end up in the food chain. And if that’s not bad enough, the mixed composition of vegan leathers also makes the materials virtually impossible to recycle.

Further, leathers are a byproduct of the meat industry, which sends about 150 million high-quality hides to landfills every year. Even if we all cut back on meat consumption (which we fully support!), there would still be more than enough cow hides to produce all of the world’s leather goods. Using regenerative leathers, then, is not only restoring ecosystems in all of the ways outlined on this page, but it’s also keeping high-quality, biodegradable materials out of landfills and in circulation.

That said, 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?

Some of our regenerative farms are certified organic and others are not—for reasons that vary from farmer to farmer. Some of the regenerative farmers we source from do not meet Switzerland’s organic farming regulations because their farmland is too small; others feel that the country’s organic farming standards are not as high as their own farming standards. All of all these farmers are using regenerative methods that benefit the Alpine ecosystems.

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 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

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