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Item of the Moment: The People's Movement Eco Oxfords
Help save the whales and look good doing it.
Looking for new ways to lighten footwear's impact on the planet, founders Mark Wystrach, Chris Swortwood, and Kevin Flanagan took their sustainable ideas into open water to create shoes that help reduce plastic waste in the oceans. The Cali-based line creates organic canvas kicks with soles and printed uppers made of recycled bags found washed up on the coasts of Bali and California.
Since their start 18 months ago, the company's beach clean-ups and surf sessions have made good use of some 175,000 bags. In an extra effort to fight against plastic pollution, a portion of sales go to their partner organization, 5 Gyres, a non-profit out to stop the single use of bottles, bags, and packaging through campaigns and education.
Fresh, naturally dyed prints like the Bali Floral (above) anchor the unisex collection and come in unstructured styles that resemble classic flats, old-school high-tops, and chukka/oxford hybrids.
Check out the line at Zebra Club; prices start at $55.