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The worlds first fully compostable trainers have arrived – and theyre really cute

(Picture: Native Shoes)

The worlds first ever 100% compostable, organic trainers have just been released by a Canadian shoe company.

Native Shoes have launched the aptly named Plant Shoe, which is entirely made from plants. So you can literally have a greener footprint.

The trainer is completely biodegradable, which means you can simply dump it on your compost pile with your food waste and eventually it will rot away to nothing. One less thing in the landfill.

So what are they made of?

The outsole is made of natural lactae hevea, it has a pineapple husk and organic cotton upper, a eucalyptus lasting board, a natural linen sock liner and it is all held together with natural, latex-based glue.

The pineapple used in the shoes are sourced in the Philippines, where the pineapple husks are saved from being discarded waste and transformed into an ultra-sustainable textile.

World's first fully compostable trainer. The Plant Shoe
(Picture: Native Shoes)

Linen comes from flax, which is a plant made of long fibres that are really strong when they are spun into yarn.

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To make the upper of the shoe, eucalyptus pulp is compressed and then formed into a pliable material.

World's first fully compostable trainer. The Plant Shoe
(Picture: Native Shoes)

Its funny, none of our materials are particularly ground-breaking, and in some guise (maybe with a bit of tweaking), theyve been around for a long time, explains creative director Mike Belgue on the company website.

World's first fully compostable trainer. The Plant Shoe
(Picture: Native Shoes)

No one previously has looked to the past to solve for the future. ​We used very old techniques, using old materials (jute, kenaf, linen, hevea), and figured out a way to make them all work for a modern sneaker.

We try to transcend trend at Native Shoes, in an effort to make something timeless and classic.

We wanted a shoe that was seasonless, genderless and adaptable to any situation, while being elevated and the right shape and canvas for our material palette and construction techniques.

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