Introduction to Sustainability: Here is Why using re-cycled materials can save our planet.
When it comes to the responsible production of a product, it’s important to take a step back and look at the entire process. This includes how materials for a product are sourced, how the product is made, what it’s made with, and most importantly what happens when a product is no longer wanted or able to be used for its original purpose.
In a linear system, products are mass produced cheaply with virgin materials, with the vast majority ending up in the landfill. Unfortunately, this extends beyond the finished products themselves. Millions of pounds of excess materials are created during production, often going straight to the landfill without ever seeing the light of day. Every year 25 billion pairs of shoes are made world wide making the textile industry second biggest polluter after oil and gas.
At WUZZA, reducing our environmental impact has been our priority since day one. Sustainability is one of our most important guiding principles. We aim for a low water impact and carbon footprint, following our beliefs in protecting the environment.
What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.
The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Globally, the average carbon footprint is closer to 4 tons. To have the best chance of avoiding a 2℃ rise in global temperatures, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop to under 2 tons by 2050.
Lowering individual carbon footprints from 16 tons to 2 tons doesn’t happen overnight! By making small changes to our actions, like using sustainable products, holding ourselves accountable for the environmental change, we can force the companies to use and sell sustainable products and we can start making a big difference.
At Wuzza our slippers felt are %100 made from plastic bottles:
1) Plastic is collected, picked up and transported to storage depots by the entities in charge
2) Plastic containers are reduced in size, washed and conveyed into a grinder
3) Plastic materials milled and washed are dried in a special oven and extruded in filaments
4) Filaments are dyed and needled. Needling is the mechanical process by which you get the felt in the textile industry
5) Nonwowen textile is sent to peeling felt to produce our slippers
We came up with the brand WUZZA from “I was a bottle” and created the comfy slippers that are soft, comfy feel, easy fit, modern uni-sizing, light weight yet durable, perfect for indoors and outdoors, water repellent and easy to clean and 100% post-consumer recycled felt.
“From trash to treasure”, that is our slogan for WUZZA. After years of researching, we have teamed up with engineers and renewable experts to create a revolutionary footwear. The outcome is a new category of slippers, that are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Sustainability is more than a buzzword for us. It means low water impact and less carbon footprint while creating products that last. We know there is a better way doing business and the first step of doing business in a better way, is putting the planet and its people first. At WUZZA, we continually strive to implement sustainable practices into all aspects of our brand. We have added many sustainable practices and materials down to our manufacturing process and packaging