Friday, July 20, 2012
Buy Local, Help Local….with SHOES!
Let’s start with a scenario…
A shoe made out of recycled materials..…that’s pretty sweet!
For every one of those shoes bought, a portion of the proceeds going to those in need of shoes…Awesome!
What about instead of sending those shoes to other counties (carbon heavy transport) they are first and foremost sent to those in need in the Triangle area….It can’t get any better!!
This scenario is not only plausible but happening! Kinder Soles is a flip-flop company started in Raleigh, N.C. by NC State graduate, Mark Saad. These flip flops are eco-friendly, made of recycled plastics and recycled industrial materials, and the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned! It is extremely important to Saad that their carbon footprint is absolutely as low as possible. As if being environmentally responsible wasn’t enough for this N.C. company, Saad was very focused on getting involved with the footwear shortage movement and began a sister non-profit called SoleMates. SoleMates collects gently worn shoes within the United States and re-distribute them within our borders to those in need, starting in the Triangle. So now when you buy a pair of Kinder Soles, a portion of the proceeds goes to the SoleMates Foundation and will shoe a local person in need.