Since 1984 we have created Okabashi shoes with the Earth in mind. Not only do we think a lot about how human feet interact with the Earth—and the man-made structures on the Earth—we think a lot about how our company and our products impact the Earth itself. By creating and selling environmentally responsible footwear, we strive to have minimal impact on the Earth while having a maximum impact on our customer’s health and wellbeing.
Because we believe in treading lightly on the Earth, we support our customers with a Vegan lifestyle—and we are proud that all of our Okabashi orthotically-correct shoes are created and produced with no animal products or by-products.
Why would there even be animal products in our recyclable plastic footwear, you wonder? The fact is, there are animal byproducts—namely from beef processing— in everything from vinyl and rubber to dyes and inks. Other hidden sources of beef by-products include biodiesel, some shampoos and conditioners, and insulation.
Unlike other plastic footwear, which may contain animal byproduct based adhesives, dyes, or plastics, our shoes are made from 100 percent Microplast plastic, which can be remolded and recycled infinitely. When you are finished with a pair of Okabashi flip-flops, send them back to us, and we’ll use them again to create a brand new pair of Okabashi sandals.