As well as trying out their ethical flip flops, I also have a pair of Autonomie Project Black & White High-Top Sneakers. A really short video of them is below (if you can’t see the video please go here). Autonomie Project is a new Fair Trade fashion company offering stylish sweatshop-free & eco-friendly footwear, clothing and accessories.
The soles of the sneakers are made from 100% all natural FSC-certified rubber. The FSC-certification guarantees that the rubber was tapped from a sustainable forest in which the trees are taken care of in balance with their natural surroundings without any major clear cutting. In addition, the FSC ensures that no indigenous wildlife or people were displaced during the production of our rubber. This rubber is the only kind like it in the entire world. (Most other rubbers are man-made in a chemical factory).
The canvas and shoelaces of the sneakers are made with 100% organic cotton canvas and the dyes are water-based and PCP and AZO free. They also came with a little story about Shiran Gunadasa who is a rubber tapper on the Frocester Estate in Sri Lanka (who supply FSC certified rubber for the Ethletic range), and what their estate did with their Fairtrade Premium.
Also available in all black and olive green, I really like the trainers. Comfortable and smart they are a great ethical alternative. Plus they came in recycled packaging that I always like to see.