Back in 2019, Aldo launched its first sustainable product line, RPPL. These innovative sneakers are made up of recycled plastic water bottles and BLOOM Foam, a material developed using lake algae biomass. Now, bringing some good news to every shoe-lovers’ 2020, the brand is continuing their strides towards sustainability with a new program, Aldo Love Planet, under which the ever-expanding range of sustainable shoes and accessories will carry on growing.
Put a Little Eco Aldo in Every Step
Firmly planted in the realm of trendy, Aldo offers up-to-the-minute fashion footwear. To the conscious shopper, trendy tends to be synonymous with waste, but sometimes sustainable clothes look a tad too sustainable. For those who want to shop sustainably but still look Insta-ready, the first offerings available as part of Aldo Love Planet are here to fill the void.
Futuristic looking strappy heels, stylish sock boots, the ever-popular chunky sneaker, versatile derby sneakers, and edgy combat boots are here to give waste that would have otherwise been discarded a new purpose. Aside from men’s and woman’s footwear, the collection also features jewellery made of recycled metals, ecofriendly bags, and sunglasses made of recycled bottles to give your outfit those unique final details it needs to.
RPPL also is born again in its third generation of sneaker, RPPL Clear. To make all this innovation possible, Aldo has made innovations to the materials they use. In this collection, you will find recycled neoprene, traceable leather, recycled jersey, knit made of recycled plastic bottles, and something completely new – CleanStep sole technology.
Old Materials, New Trick
Though the stylish designs and affordable prices are what bring you through the door, they are hardly the star of the show. Similarly to the BLOOM Foam used in RPPL sneakers, CleanStep sole technology makes use of the algae biomass. Algae is naturally occurring in bodies of water, but when these begin to overgrow, they can starve the waters they inhabit of oxygen. To incorporate this into CleanStep, algae is harvested and dried down into flakes. It is the ground into a powder that can be used in production. The material uses a 50/50 mixture of algae and thermoplastic rubber. The results of this material, besides super comfy soles, are cleaner waterways, CO2 is prevented from entering the atmosphere, and thousands of pounds of waste is diverted from landfills.
Aldo Sustainable Materials List:
- CleanStep Technology
- Waterborne Polyurethane (uses fewer chemical solvents, energy, and water)
- BLOOM Foam
- EVA Phylon (also derived from Algae)
- PET Plastic
- Recycled Nylon
- Recycled Bottle Knit
- Recycled Bottle Jersey
- Recycled Metals
- Recycled Bottle Neoprene
Fashion, Function, and the Planet
Innovation and fashion continue to unite at Aldo, who is a certified carbon neutral company. They carry on with finding uses for the waste we have created and manufacturing brand new technologies as they step fashionably towards sustainability. Their journey, which began in 2013, is not over yet, but Aldo is setting the example for popular brands everywhere.
- Mona Butler is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, BC.
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