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Meet Amazonas, “The World’s First Biodegradable Sandals”

Rubber, the main material of the sandals we use, might have devastating effects on the environment.

A Brazilian company, however, has dedicated itself to producing sandals using 100 percent recycled materials. The company was the first to do so in the world. This model, called Bio Rubber, is biodegradable within roughly five years if disposed of in the right conditions – as opposed to the 700 years that synthetic rubber products take.

The Bio Rubber line was developed by Amazonas Sandals, a member of the Amazonas Group – Latin America’s largest producer of components for shoes, furniture, and packages. The biodegradable sandals were created exclusively for the international market, as Amazonas is a supplier for Brazil’s sandal industry. However, the company plans to develop the local market starting in 2017.

Since 2013, when the company first began to sell its 100 percent sustainable sandals, sales have grown at double-digit rates. For this year, the company projects a 25 percent rise in sales compared to last year. The biggest buyers are the United States, France, Italy, Croatia, and even Cuba, although the company is present is 55 countries across nearly all continents. Amazonas, however, declines to share exact numbers. 

Here’s a warning, though. The Bio Rubber sandal won’t disintegrate itself if you keep it in your closet. To allow for the fast biodegradation process, you must keep it in an environment with water, carbon dioxide, and land – such as a sanitary landfill. You could, for example, bury your sandals in your yard, as that would do the trick.

But Amazonas is not only concerned with Bio Rubber. The company has also more affordable sustainable lines that provides products made from 100 percent recycled rubber and PVC materials free of heavy metals. From the name to the materials to the design, Amazonas creates other items that are completely Brazilian, with sustainability as their main pillar.

“Our concern for the environment is not limited to our materials. The company has a no-waste culture, and every employee knows of his or her individual responsibility in helping to reduce environmental impacts,” says Suyara Aguila, Amazonas’ exports coordinator. 

The group is 69 years old and generates over 3,000 direct jobs in nine factories across Brazil – as well as two foreign offices located in Uruguay and Argentina. In a sandal market that privileges Havaianas, a world leader, such numbers are quite impressive. Nevertheless, Amazonas is the most recognized shoe sole brand in Brazil, and the second-most in the world.

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