At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. Marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which causes severe injuries and deaths.
Over three billion people can only afford flip-flops. The average lifespan of a flip-flop is two years. This footware is popular throughout Asia, the developing world, and western countries. A lot of the pollution that is carried to the beaches are discarded flip-flops. The problem of flip-flops littering beaches is not just aesthetic, but a health hazard to marine life. Most of them are made of non-recyclable plastics, that contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and phthalates, cadmium and lead, everything together makes these sandals highly toxic to animals and plants… and humans. A lot of these plastic compounds cannot be incinerated because of health concerns. Some brands make shoes that are recyclable and some that are made from recycled plastic. But it's still plastic!
At L&C, we choose the most sustainable manufacturing process from the start so as not to feed this vicious cycle. We abstain from using any type of synthetic component. That’s why our flip-flops are exclusively made of 100% biodegradable and plant based materials (cork, natural rubber and cereal seeds). So, if you are unlucky enough to lose your L&C flip-flops on the beach, be assured that you are not contributing to the pollution of the oceans.
Let’s make the right choices from the start!
We are an eco-conscious and cruelty-free American brand.
We help to protect wildlife and biodiversity through socio-environmental projects.
We control the ecological impact of our products and business model.
We find great vegetal alternatives to animal skins.
We use exclusively recycled and natural fabrics or yarns, produced without insecticide.
Cork is much more than a trend, it is undoubtedly one of the most eco friendly materials (fashion, interiors, architecture).
Cork harvesting is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly type of forestry in the world. When you choose cork products, you help to maintain the delicate balance of their forests, which conserve soil and water while reducing greenhouse gasses. Harvesting cork does not damage the tree in any way. When a cork oak is 25 years old, its outer cork layer is carefully cut and stripped off, leaving the trunk unharmed. The same tree can yield a harvest every nine years, and live to be up to 200 years. Portuguese cork trees absorb about 14 million tons of CO2 every year.
In brief, cork is very environmentally friendly.
At L&C, we choose the best quality of cork fabric finish. We only select soft-touch textures. Cork fabrics are printed in compliance with all requirements of environmental standards.