Orba Shoes - Sustainable, Stylish Shoes Made To Biodegrade
Orba Shoes

Orba Shoes

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If, like us, you think a sustainable white sneaker goes with every outfit like a Tim Tams goes with a hot cuppa, then boy do we have a little treat for you.

Orba Shoes, a New Zealand-based, B-Corp certified sustainable shoe brand, is making versatile, timeless sneakers that are designed to biodegrade. Yep, that’s a stylish, versatile, durable and sustainably-made zero-waste shoe that will eventually return to the earth from which it originally came.

Sustainability is in Orba’s heart and sole.

All parts of the Orba shoe, from the sole to the upper, are made from natural materials, with some of these being the most renewable plant-based materials in the world.

The Orba sole is made from natural rubber, rice husk ash, coconut oil, beeswax and other natural compounds including pine resin for durability, comfort and performance; the upper is made from flax, rami and kenaf, which are three of the most renewable plant materials available; and the footbed is made from cork, coir and agave sisal for ergonomic support.

Oh, and the best part? All of Orba’s shoes meet the relevant ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) for casual footwear, so you don’t have to sacrifice on style and durability when purchasing an Orba shoe.

Orba Shoes hold ethical values high.

Orba Shoes are huge on transparency. The small Orba Shoes team in Indonesia frequently communicates with all suppliers – most of whom are independently eco-certified and transparent, by the way – from the weavers and dyers to the outsole manufacturer and main factory. Basically, Orba Shoes has the rundown on all of the goings-on in their supply chain.

What’s more is Orba Shoes’ key supplier meets the Business Social Compliance Initiative code of conduct (BSCI), and impacting workers in a positive way is one of Orba Shoes’ Impact Business Models for their recent B Corp Certification award. Impressive, much?

For Orba Shoes, sharing is caring.

Orba Shoes also funds training programs designed by the International Labour Organisation to help suppliers grow as efficient and sustainable businesses. Ultimately, this training ensures that the businesses taking part provide a healthy working environment, and fair working hours and pay, as well as other benchmarks of a fundamentally fair and ethical business. 

Told you we had a little treat for you. Orba Shoes is providing us conscious consumers with ethically-crafted, biodegradable shoes made from natural, sustainable materials so we can look good and do good, too. Win, win.

Want to know where Orba Shoes sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

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