These flip-flops are sandals you can feel good about splurging on.
Forbes says footwear brand Allbirds has launched a selection of flip-flops made from sustainable Brazilian sugar cane that aims to replace “plastic foam in traditional shoe soles, which is often made from dirty oil and is highly polluting.”
The launch of these sustainable soles follows a string of other notable releases, such as unveiling kids sizes called Smallbirds and making a line of “‘tree’ runners and loungers made from eucalyptus fiber,” Forbes says their latest launch allows customers to “purchase interchangeable straps at $15 for the Japanese-inspired flip flops, which are available in four summery colorways.” The sandals themselves cost a cool $35.
Only available for a limited time, Forbes says the technology used to created these flip-flops — called Sugar Zeffers — may have a bigger impact on footwear going forward, with the company planning to make the technology available to other shoe manufacturers.
“We know there’s interest within the industry, but what we’re hopeful for is that it will expand beyond that,” co-founder Joey Zwillinger told Forbes. “There’s something about sugarcane-derived adhesives in solar panels that pieces together a green cycle that is really special.”