One of the most important aspects of Vesica Piscis Footwear's production process is to conscientiously choose the raw materials used in manufacturing our products, these being 100% vegan, organic and recycled.
The repercussions that the consumption of raw materials has on sustainability, both on the social and cultural sphere, as well as on our ecosystem, lead us to think long and hard when selecting the different materials that we use to make our range.
All raw materials that are ready to be used must be processed beforehand, and therefore have a history in which several factors come into play before we can obtain them. This history must be taken into account as we ourselves may become a part of it, normally encouraging the events that take place without even realising it.
For this reason, before any raw materials come to form a part of our products, there must be a history of respect for the planet and the beings that inhabit it, a sine qua non condition meaning that we can become a part of their history.
We must remember that we have the power to choose what world we want to live in every time we acquire something new, be it a component or a finished product, we are taking care of what came before and what is to come after us.
This is Vesica Piscis Footwear's favourite material for many different reasons;
Recycled cotton mainly derives from leftovers in the clothes manufacturing process, which are reused to make thread, thus avoiding that they become a part of the rubbish dump and lose their great value.
These snippets, once mashed together and shredded, are mixed with other types of fibres, giving them the resistance needed to make the thread, using the colours of the recycled fibre itself to make textiles with similar characteristics to those of conventional cotton.
The cotton recycling process.
Recycling cotton has many advantages for the environment, starting with the fact mentioned above - that it doesn't end up in the rubbish dump - and among others:
The land used to grow cotton can be used for other purposes.
The large volume of water used for growing cotton is saved.
The use of chemical products normally applied at plantations is avoided.
No dyes, which are usually highly polluting, are used.
Great energy savings, meaning that the carbon footprint in textile production is minimised and the water footprint is erased from its background.
Comparative table of consumption in the production of a tonne of coloured cotton thread.
At Vesica Piscis Footwear we also use, although to a lesser extent, certified organic cotton (GOTS), which guarantees awareness in crop growing and a respected workforce. Dye-free cotton for all of our shoe linings.
However, contrary to organic cotton, the so-called and widely used conventional cotton, gives rise to many environmental problems, poor health in workers and allergies in the end user.
Conventional cotton, despite making up just 3% of the total grown worldwide, uses around 25% of the agrochemicals produced all over the world, ruining the biodiversity of the cultivated area, damaging the earth, water sources and wildlife in the surrounding area.
The workers growing it also suffer due to the high level of toxicity of the chemical products used.
In short... which of these stories are you willing to encourage? ......
Another of the materials that we use to manufacture our products is recycled polyester, which mainly originates from plastic bottles.
Despite being aware of the disadvantages that using said bottles has for the planet, the recycling of these bottles helps to soften their environmental impact, increasing their market value and meaning that a larger number is collected, stopping them, as far as possible, from being thrown away and generating non-biodegradable waste.
Their recycling also helps to conserve non-renewable natural resources and to decrease the water and carbon footprint in their production.
Recycled polyester is the only material that we use that is derived from crude oil, and were it not for the reasons mentioned above, we would only use articles made from renewable raw materials originating from plants, this being the most sustainable option as long as all of the necessary processes are carried out in an ethically aware manner.
Another innovative product that we use to create our range is the thread.
Mara 100 rPET micro-filament thread is made of 100% recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles.
The use of this thread is ideal for stitching the majority of our models, although due to its particular characteristics, we cannot use it for all of the processes we would like.
It is estimated that approximately 1000 metres of sewing thread can be obtained from one plastic bottle.
The recycling of bottles, the use of less energy in manufacturing and the preservation of natural fossil resources are reasons why around 50% of the thread that we use to sew our products is thread made from recycled polyester.
The materials which make up the insoles that we use for most of our models are composed of two natural plant materials; cork and rubber. By combining the two, we obtain insoles that are highly flexible and durable.