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ARE MOEA SNEAKERS VEGAN?
Yes, all MoEa sneakers are Peta approved vegan.
WHY DON'T WE USE ANIMAL LEATHER?
We denounce the production of leather as one of the most cruel towards animals and an environmentally damaging industry today.
WHAT MATERIALS DO WE USE TO MAKE OUR SNEAKERS?
To avoid the negative impacts of leather, we find out that waste of fruits and plants is a solution to avoid animal material and reduce our carbon footprint. The waste is recycled and colored to give birth to wearable materials. The biomass is blended with stabilizers like organic cotton, recycled plastic or bio-PU depending on the plant.
WHAT ARE BIOMATERIALS?
Biomaterials are an innovative alternative to leather. They are made from a technological process that transforms plant waste into a wearable material with leather-like properties. This is a real breakthrough because biomaterials have a much lower environmental impact than leather and are of course cruelty-free
ARE MOEA SNEAKERS ENTIRELY MADE OF BIOMATERIALS?
No, on average MoEa sneakers bio-based materials are composed of 49% of fruit and plants. We expect this percentage to grow quickly over the next few years simultaneously with the increasing knowledge on these new methods of production.
In the end, a biomaterial = Waste fruit or plants + stabilizer (cotton, recycled PU, bio PU)
Here is the composition of our sneakers:
- 1. Apple: 32% apple, 34% organic cotton, 34% recycled plastic
- 2. Pineapple: 72% pineapple leaves, 23% bio-PU, 5% PU
- 3. Grape: 32% grape leftovers, 22% water-based PU and 46% recycled polyester
- 4. Cactus: 40% cactus skin and oil, 32% organic cotton, 28% bio-PU
- 5. Corn: 69% corn skin and oil and 31% recycled plastic
WHAT ABOUT THE INSOLES?
They are made in Spain. Thought for your comfort, our insoles have a shape memory and are made of recycled wood fiber for a comfy sole.
WHAT ABOUT THE LINING?
They are made in recycled bamboo, in Spain, and are soft, breathable and vegan.
WHAT ABOUT THE GLUE?
Our glue is vegan, made in Portugal and water-based for a clean and solid finish.
WHERE ARE THE BIOMATERIALS PRODUCED?
Our Vegan materials are produced in Europe (except for the cactus, made in Mexico) :
- Apple : Wastes from the italian apple juice industry, produced in Italy
- Pineapple : Pineapple leafs from the Philippines, produced in Italy
- Grape : Grapes from the italian vineyards, produced in Italy
- Cactus : Cactus from the Mexican desert, produced in Mexico
- Corn : US non-edible corn, produced in Italy
ARE OEA SNEAKERS RESISTANT?
We have tested our products and vegan materials for over a year and they are as robust and durable as leather. Biomaterials have passed the flexibility and abrasion resistance tests and have shown their robustness with more than 50.000 cycles (same as leather).
IS THE SOLE RESISTANT?
Our soles are made in Portugal from 40% recycled and 60% natural rubber, the most durable soles material. MoEa soles are sewn to the upper with Strobel stitching so they never tear off.
ARE THE WORKERS PAID FAILRY?
Yes, all the workers in our factory are fairly paid, above the living wage, and work in respectful conditions. All our partners comply be the European low et and their suppliers by the local regulations.
WHAT IS THE RATIO OF WOMEN IN THE FACTORIES?
64% of the workers are women.
DOES OUR TEAM VISIT THE FACTORIES?
Yes, we work only with suppliers where we have been able to visit the production sites because "we only believe what we see".
HOW TO CLEAN MY MOEA SNEAKERS?
In order to maintain your pair in its original state you can use a neutral soap and a damp cloth.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PUT THEM IN THE WASHING MACHINE ?
No, putting them in the washing machine would irretrievably damage them.
WHAT IS THE FOOTPRINT OF THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY?
According to the World Footwear Yearbook, over 24 billion pairs of shoes are produced annually (primarily under exploitative conditions) with sneakers accounting for the largest share and causing 1.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
WHY ARE BIOMATERIALS BETTER FOR THE PLANET?
Bio-based materials are on average 89% less polluting (89% less carbon) than leather.
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MOEA SNEAKERS TO EMIT LESS CARBON THAN THE OTHERS?
Using bio-materials and producing locally are the two main reasons why a pair of MoEa sneakers emit less carbon than an average pair of shoes.
HOW DO WE CALCULATE OUR IMPACT?
At MoEa we are assisted by 2 independent firms: CLIMATE PLUS that provide our carbon assessment and lyfe cycle and Carbon Fact for a double check. Therefore, we have two different sources to calculate our carbon impact.
We apply an accredited calculation method, a life cycle analysis to calculate the impact of our products and sneakers. To provide this analysis, different scopes in the life cycle are taken into account:
- the raw materials (production and shaping),
- upstream freight (transports during production),
but excludes downstream freight or more commonly called, distribution.
WHAT IS THE LIFECYCLE OF OUR PRODUCTS?
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a standardized evaluation method (ISO 14040 and 14044) that allows a multi-criteria and multi-stage environmental assessment of a company over its entire life cycle.
WHAT IS THE RESULT?
Carbon Fact analized MoEa Life Cycle Assessment and assessed a ranking of 5kgC02 on average per pair compared to a leather trainer with 20kg of CO2. Therefore, a pair of MoEa sneakers emits -53% less carbon than the average.
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