These sneakers are made from plastic bottles and coffee


Frustrated by the unsustainability of the fashion industry, a Finish startup has announced that it is creating the world's first truly sustainable sneakers - made from spent coffee grounds and recycled plastic. Rens, a Helsinki-based fashion start-up, is harnessing the power of waste – putting 21 cups of coffee and 6 plastic bottles into every pair of its 'coffee sneakers'.

Rens is aiming to design the perfect sustainable sneakers for everyone - from commuters to thrill seekers. The 'coffee sneakers', which come in a range of colours, infuses sustainable materials with technology and style to create a sleek, versatile sneaker. Each pair of 'coffee sneakers' has an upper made from a mixture of coffee yarn and recycled polyester, as well as a coffee-infused inner lining designed with a breathable, ultra-lightweight material. 100% waterproof, the shoes adapt to your movements to provide all-day comfort. Even better – coffee’s natural antibacterial properties make Rens odour-resistant for their entire lifecycle.


Coming from Vietnam, Rens founders - Son Chu and Jesse Tan have first-hand experience of the footwear industry's environmental impact. According to Jesse Tan "it's unbelievable how giant companies churn out millions of unsustainable products, using unsustainable materials and doing very little to mitigate their impact."

To put things into perspective: 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day and 3 million plastic bottles are bought every minute. Spent coffee grounds produce methane – a major contributor to climate change – and the world is drowning in plastic waste.

To fund their sustainable sneakers, Rens has launched a Kickstarter campaign where people from across the world can contribute.








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