Nuven, is a vegan sneaker partially made from recycled party balloons along with other sustainable materials.
The Nuven line of sneakers is gender-neutral and available in four colorways: vanilla rainbow, desert camel, dark gray and black bird. The company describes the sneakers as lightweight yet durable for a long lifecycle. From the inside out, the shoes are vegan, incorporating recycled and natural materials with a weatherproof coating to keep feet dry in all types of weather.
The inner lining is made from sustainable bamboo fibers. Why? Because bamboo is naturally antibacterial, it fights odors while absorbing moisture. The insole is made using castor oil, a natural oil extracted from seeds as an alternative to petroleum. Castor oil is also biodegradable, unlike plastic alternatives.
Nuven’s uppers are made out of vegan suede, which is created from recycled plastic bottles. For the bottom of the shoe, the midsole is made up of partially recycled “smoothfoam” that offers cushion, flexibility and support. Finally, the outsole is constructed using discarded party balloons and leftover tire pieces. These materials produce a slip-resistant and colorful shoe.