The Plant Shoe: Native launch 100% compostable sneaker made from plants

Sustainable footwear brand Native has gone the extra eco-friendly mile and beyond with their latest shoe, The Plant Shoe – a 100% compostable unisex sneaker.

The Plant Shoe, which was released on 12 June, is the first footwear collection made entirely of plant-based components, which are 100% biodegradable and completely animal-free.

The all-natural shoe is made up of a proprietary pineapple and organic cotton blend upper, olive oil jute stitchwork, eucalyptus strobel board, cork midsole and pure hevea latex outsole.

According to Native, the US alone throws away at least 300 million pairs of shoes each year, and most end up in landfill. Sneakers are the worst waste culprit, made up of mostly plastic or chemically treated materials that make them impossible to break down.

Native say that once The Plant Shoe have reached the end of their life, consumers can put them in their green bins, where the materials will break down at a faster rate via aerobic or commercial composting.

The Plant Shoe with its classic and timeless silhouette provides a sustainable alternative to the mainstream manufacturing of sneakers. Mike Belgue, Creative Director of Native Shoes, explained: “Using plant based materials this pure means that no shortcuts can be used, which are the status quo of current shoe and material manufacturing. For example, the pure hevea lactae sole has no petro-chemical catalysts and no additives in it. As a result, it takes up to two weeks to make a single pair of soles. Compare that to mere minutes for a number of modern polymers.”

The Plant Shoe, which was two years in the making, retails at £205. It’s currently available in small batches with limited quantities.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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