So you might be asking, why am I talking about shoes on a technology blog? The answer is because we’re also super excited about sustainable innovations in our world so we’re pretty interested in Allbirds Tree Sneakers, the sneakers made from wood.
That sounds like it would be awful but it’s not! The shoes are soft and you wouldn’t really know that they were once, well, trees. The fiber is made from eucalyptus trees. It’s softened, pulped, and spun. The resulting thread is then knit into it’s final form, a really soft, casual sneaker. It’s quite nice.
The shoes are made sustainably. The process uses less water in manufacturing than more conventional materials, the trees are sustainably harvested, and any water that is used is recycled, not dumped. This is a show that wants you to feel good when you wear it. The shoes come in men and women, a variety of colors and all for $95.