MADE OF SUPER
MADE OF SUPER
SOLES MADE OF
AND ECO FRIENDLY
Hemp is actually the “sober cousin” of marijuana. It has a minimal amount of psychoactive components, and for that reason it is legal everywhere in the world. Our team has traveled across Europe, China and the US with our shoes, and all you get is a bunch of excited security officers wanting to take a picture of them.
1. Harvesting hemp plants
Most plants used for hemp fabric are harvested with a specially developed machine.
The fibers are separated from the bark and are then allowed to rett in the field for 4-6 weeks.
3. Carding into strands
The separated bast fibers are then carded into strands, and are cleaned to remove impurities.
4. Pulping, matting or steam
Manufacturers may use pulping to produce paper products, matting to make fleeces, or steam explosion to render raw hemp into a weavable fiber.
5. Weaving into textile
Hemp is ready to be spun into yarn and woven into textile.
At 8000Kicks, we spent months traveling the globe looking for the right growers of Hemp to guarantee a premium fabric that was not only strong, flexible, and durable, but also splash proof and dust proof.
We continuously monitor our partners to guarantee nothing bit the best quality. CITEVE tests all our hemp fabric quality. Eco-stylist guarantees our sustainability practices. OEKO-TEX is the gold standard for textile quality guaranteeing no toxic substances or dyes are used, it is also a minimum requirement to cooperate with 8000Kicks. Bloom is our CO2 capture and water cleaning partner which mission we sponsor with our sales.
In order to make this planet a better place, we took a 360º approach to define our own responsibility as a business. This means empowering customers to opt-in for a more sustainable lifestyle by providing a superior eco-friendly footwear solution. It means looking to our own footprint but also our partners', to minimize our carbon emissions. It means caring to protect the most needed members of our community, by providing them comfortable and durable hemp products.
The Carbon Footprint is the amount of CO2 sent to the atmosphere while manufacturing something.
Several parts are taken into account during the calculation such as raw materials, manufacturing and transportation.
The average emissions for a pair of running shoes is 14Kg of CO2. We've managed to reduce that to 4.1 Kg of CO2.
To reduce our impact we work with our factory partners to increase the dependency on renewable energy sources. So far, our Portuguese factory uses 45% to 55% and our China factory uses 30% to 40% of clean energy sources but we keep looking at improving.
We invest in capturing CO2 with hemp farms and the plantation of trees. Every newly planted remove an average of 50 kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere each year during its growth period of 20–50 years.