As long as people eat meat, leather can be an industry byproduct and a realistic sustainable proposition. A huge shift in cattle culture, however, needs to happen first. While there is a move toward “sustainable” leather sourcing from free-range cows, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. To really impact change, we still need a mass-market solution.
Cattle and deforestation
One of the main issues of late, as raised by Greenpeace’s “Slaughtering the Amazon” campaign, is that it’s the fashion industry—rather than the meat one—that is driving an increase in cattle farming. The result is that swathes of the Amazon continue to be cut down for grazing lands and growing soybeans for animal feed.
It’s the fashion industry—rather than the meat one—that is driving an increase in cattle farming.
The demand for leather products will increase until leather supply is properly restricted and much higher prices are reached in the hide market (which is effectively a commodity market). It’s critical that the price increase and restrictions go hand-in-hand so that it doesn’t become even more attractive to raise cattle for leather. Otherwise, leather will be a byproduct of an environmental disaster.
Read in the Financial Times about how Terra Plana is part of a new awareness for sustainable footwear. Glueless technology and minimum components is pioneered with our POP range!
Photos: Field, Entratalibera Milan, April 2010
FIELD by Dominic Wilcox?
Showing at Entratalibera, during the Salone del Mobile in Milan from the 14th to the 19th of April.
Dominic Wilcox is very pleased to be showing his artworks and designs at Entratalibera.
The creations on show include ‘Field’, an installation made from over 500 eco-friendly Terra Plana shoes and shoelaces that rise into the air as though growing towards the light. The featured shoe is the Terra Plana ‘Pop’.
?Corso Indipendenza 16?
This is Dominic Wilcox’s second collaboration with Terra Plana; a reinterpretation of his succesful Field installation in 2009, London Design Festival.
For this project, Dominic wanted to explore issues of ecology & sustainability; for Terra Plana these are foundation principles of the company…
The POP was selected because unlike most shoes, that use upwards of 30 components, a lot of heat setters and glue, the ‘Terra Plana Pop‘ is designed with efficiency in mind using minimum glue, components and processes.
The result is a truly modular shoe that is lightweight, flexible and ergonomically crafted and boasts an interchangeable sole. Making the Pop easy to repair and personalise.
WATCH how the POP is made by clicking here
A short article concerning our new Vegan range. For each pair that is sold, one pound goes directly to Greenpeace’s project to protect the rain forests. More information coming soon.
View the full article a Superlounge.com
Terra Plana and People Tree have joined forces in Brighton to create the ultimate destination for those seeking a completely sustainable wardrobe.
The pop-up shop at 35-36 West Street, will be welcome addition to Terra Plana’s growing presence on the high-street and the first store in the UK for People Tree.
The fusion of People Tree and Terra Plana was almost inevitable with both brands cultivated on ethical values, sustainable production and artisan design.
The shop will take up temporary residence at 35-36 West Street, Brighton, and offer a complete clothing and footwear solution for men and women.
The shop will showcase the latest Spring Summer 09 offerings from Terra Plana with additional collections from sister brands Vivo Barefoot and United Nude.
The shop will also be brimming with Fair Trade and organic clothing from People Tree including pieces from their famed designer collaborations. Stunning summer pieces from Bora Aksu and Richard Nicoll are sure to sell out quickly, dressing the consciences consumers of Brighton. Guys are not excluded from this ethical emporium as a wide range of slogan tee’s, casual shirts and cargo trousers are also on offer.
A whole host of activity will be taking place in conjunction with the pop-up shop including weekly beachfront walks (a great opportunity to test VivoBarefoot footwear – the latest in barefoot technology!) and a running club in partnership with the local community. Be privy to further exciting events taking place in and around Brighton over the coming summer months.