Over 8% of total global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the apparel and footwear industry. Plastic microfibers from shoes and clothing shed into the water account for 85% of the human made material found along ocean shores, threatening marine wildlife and ending up in our food supply. Source: www.newstandardinstitute.org
The apparel industry, mostly made up of women, is linked with both child and forced labor. The workers receive only .5% of the final retail cost of the shoes made.
Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals and tans their skins and hides. Many of these animals endure all the horrors of farming- including extreme crowding, deprivation, unanesthetized castration, branding- as well as cruel treatment during transport and slaughter (Source: www.peta.org).
The integrity of our brand:
Sustainability: Our expanding line of interchangeable shoes allow you to enjoy a pair of quality shoes longer, season after season, from one occasion to the next without being wasteful. Our shoes allow customers to buy less and enjoy more! They are easy to pack in a suitcase and store in your closet. They are affordable and very versatile. We also help the charity, Soles4Souls, wear out poverty all over the world and provide proper footwear for children and families in need. In•a•grüv will donate a percentage of profits to Soles4Souls in order to make that happen (at www.soles4souls.org ), $1=1 new pair of shoes for impoverished children and families worldwide).
This mission started in 2012 when the founder of the company began donating over a thousand pairs of shoes to the organization with her students.
Materials: We have chosen to make our shoes and accessories from vegan leather and fabric instead of animal skin in order to assure that the environment and animals are not harmed in the process.
We have sourced a family owned footwear manufacturer in Ecuador to guarantee our shoes are ethically made. Our new shoe accessories are also made responsibly in Brooklyn, NY.