Circular business model and zero waste is the future. Our shoes are crafted with recycled vegan materials, mainly from Spanish origin.
Since summer 2019 all our collections are, in addition to sustainable, vegan and PETA approved!
Our aim is for humans, animals and the environment to always be respected, allowing our customers to walk the Planet consciously, responsibly and fashionably.
Sole: Recycled tire
To create our tire soles, we work with a Spanish company dedicated to the manufacture of high technical value products created from recycled tires.
Our supplier has developed a rubber sole that is 100% based on reclaimed tires, providing an extraordinary resistance to wear in addition to an excellent grip on any type of surface and in any weather conditions. Using a highly qualified process, the tire thread (100% metal free) is extracted, creating sheets to be transformed into a shoe sole. “We want to contribute our bit to improve the planet by recycling materials and reducing CO2 production without using any chemical, thermal or shredding process. For every pair of shoes that use our soles, we are saving 0.06kg of CO2”.
Lining and Insole: Made from chrome-free eco-suède
Traditional suède fabric is a type of leather that is soft to the touch and a desirable material in the fashion industry. Luckily, one day an Italian manufacturer decided to create the first ecological suède using recycled polyester fibers and PET products that would reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 80%, and wouldn’t need to use any animal hides.
This material guarantees sustainability throughout its entire production process, ensuring low levels of polluting emissions as well as low energy consumption for the manufacturer. With a production similar to that of recycled paper, no harmful chemicals or toxic solvents would have to be used. The material is more durable than traditional suede and is still able to supply the same soft touch and comfortable feel.
Pineapple leather from Piñatex
For some collections we use the wonderful pineapple leather for the exterior material.
Piñatex® is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf ﬁbre. These leaves are discarded from the pineapple harvest, so the raw material requires no additional environmental resources to produce.
The leaves are the byproduct of existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities.
Piñatex® is a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty free material.
Exterior material: made from recycled vegan materials (cotton, polyester, and other fibers)
The recycled vegan materials are GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified and from Spanish origin.
Let’s talk about the polyester material. You’ve probably heard and seen this fabric everywhere, but what is it exactly? “Polyester is a generalised term for any fabric or textile, which is made using polyester yarns or fibres (…). It is made by mixing ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. That all sounds extremely scientific, but basically, polyester is a kind of plastic” (Contrado). Luckily, in the past few years, the sustainable fashion sphere has been introduced to recycled polyester. Recycled polyester is usually made from recycled plastic bottles which means waste is minimised and the fossil fuel industry is cut out. However, at Momoc we’re always looking for more sustainable alternatives and to avoid plastic at all costs, so we’ll keep on researching to find the best, most sustainable material that is also vegan.
Heel: made from 100% recycled wood
Recycling means that it has been given a second life. The heel is crafted from reclaimed wood that has been hand cut and sanded to the right width and shape before being covered with black paint or just leaving it as it is, with its natural color, which is why if you look closely, you’ll see that none of the heels on our shoes look exactly the same. That’s the beauty of recycled fashion!
Why reclaimed wood: “Reclaimed woods are environmentally friendly, as they can be reused or recycled and they eliminate the need to manufacture new wood, which uses a lot of energy to process from tree to wood”, says Starre Vartan, founder and editor in chief of Eco-Chick. “By using recycled wood, emphasis is on using a low impact method of manufacturing. (Also) it can limit deforestation—even today, plenty of wood is taken from old-growth forests or ones that are not being managed sustainably. When these trees are cut, it affects an entire ecosystem negatively”.
The importance of packaging
Packaging also uses an important amount of resources Worldwide, and packaging designed for a single use ends up in landfills, taking years, if not thousands of years, to biodegrade. Plastic, for example, is not biodegradable. It takes 500 years to fragment into micro particles but it does not dissapear.
For this reason, we have simplified our packaging design by not using shoe boxes. Instead, we use 100% ecological cotton-made shoe bags which can be re-used and are perfect for travelling.
We are investigating the use of recycled and ecological materials for making our shoe bags, which would support our circular business model.