French brand Sessile has released a brand of eco-designed, recyclable and repairable circular sneakers.
The modular-designed trainers, which come in four different models, are made mainly from recycled, natural, and recyclable materials sourced from France, as well as neighbouring countries such as Italy and Portugal.
The soles are made of recycled rubber, the laces are in organic cotton, and the leather is chrome-free or vegetable-tanned.
Made in France using local craftsmanship, Sessile aim to support the local economy while being a fully circular business. From the design to the boxes, everything is done at the La Manufacture 49 plant in Montjean-sur-Loire, western France.
Sessile sneakers’ are also repairable, and when their sneakers are worn out, customers can return them in their original box. Depending on their condition, they will be disassembled, disinfected and then renovated for resale as second-hand.
If the sneakers are too damaged, Sessile disassemble it entirely in order to recast the sole to create a new one afterwards. The rest of the materials are also broken down in to small pieces and recycled.
Sessile claims that the carbon impact of these circular shoes is three times less than equivalent shoes made in Asia.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.