When we started to research the footwear industry back in 2015, we were upset to learn that intense competition and the desire to minimize production costs has led to poor environmental track records, inhumane labor standards, and unacceptably low product quality. 

Since the beginning, we’ve worked hard to ensure that everyone involved in the production of a Koio shoe is paid and treated fairly, and that our processes are as environmentally friendly as possible.

Our long-term vision is to become the world’s first regenerative luxury footwear brand. That’s why we’re working hard to source our leathers from regeneratively managed farms, which are proven to help slow and even reverse the effects of climate change. Eventually, we plan to align other parts of our company with regenerative practices, too.

We’ve demonstrated our commitment to ensuring a brighter, healthier future for the planet in the short term, too. In 2020, we established a framework for sustainability that focuses on working with better materials and minimizing our contribution to landfills. We felt that we could make meaningful impacts in both of these areas, and since then, we’ve done exactly that.

When we started to research the footwear industry back in 2015, we were upset to learn that intense competition and the desire to minimize production costs has led to poor environmental track records, inhumane labor standards, and unacceptably low product quality. 

Since the beginning, we’ve worked hard to ensure that everyone involved in the production of a Koio shoe is paid and treated fairly, and that our processes are as environmentally friendly as possible.

Our long-term vision is to become the world’s first regenerative luxury footwear brand. That’s why we’re working hard to source our leathers from regeneratively managed farms, which are proven to help slow and even reverse the effects of climate change. Eventually, we plan to align other parts of our company with regenerative practices, too.

We’ve demonstrated our commitment to ensuring a brighter, healthier future for the planet in the short term, too. In 2020, we established a framework for sustainability that focuses on working with better materials and minimizing our contribution to landfills. We felt that we could make meaningful impacts in both of these areas, and since then, we’ve done exactly that.

Read more about our vision here

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE SHOE INDUSTRY

Problem Solution
Materials
Tanneries use toxic tanning agents that leak into wastewater LWG Partnership
  • Sole and other suppliers of plastic-based components use virgin, fossil-fuel-based
  • Sole suppliers throw away plastic sole trimmings that result from the mold-injection process
Recycled Materials
  • Fabric suppliers use plastics where natural and biodegradable materials are available
Cotton
Product LifeCycle
  • Footwear factories produce at a low-quality level, resulting in shorter product life of footwear
High Quality, Lasting Forever
  • High-end brands dispose of shoes with slight imperfections
Koio Vintage
  • High-end brands do not support the recycling of shoes
Recycling Programs

Materials

Problems

Solutions

Tanneries use toxic tanning agents that leak into wastewater

LWG Partnership

Sole and other suppliers of plastic-based components use virgin, fossil-fuel-based

Recycled Materials

Sole suppliers throw away plastic sole trimmings that result from the mold-injection process

Fabric suppliers use plastics where natural and biodegradable materials are available

Cotton

Product LifeCycle

Problems

Solutions

Footwear factories produce at a low-quality level, resulting in shorter product life of footwear

High Quality, Lasting Forever

High-end brands dispose of shoes with slight imperfections

Koio Vintage

High-end brands do not support the recycling of shoes

Recycling Programs

USING BETTER MATERIALS

REDUCING LANDFILL

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