German footwear brand, thies, has created a new sustainable sneaker collection that makes made from olive leather – a leather tanned from olive leaves left over from the harvest.
The footwear range for women, men, and children use a patented “wet-green” method for producing the unique leather. The olive leaves used for wet-green are a by-product from olive growers and in many locations are actually burned.
OBE, the active ingredient of wet-green, is recovered from the leaves of the olive tree using a method similar to brewing tea and manufactured in plants complying to the stringent demands of the food industry. No tree is felled, no plant sacrificed and no fields cultivated, which would otherwise be used to produce food, in the process of making thies’ sneaker collection.
The children’s shoes are completely made from olive leather, while the adults sneakers feature a real rubber outsole and a veggie tanned, chrome-free lining.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea