ReKixx: closed loop sneakers

By Lorrin Windahl.

If you are looking for a stocking filler then this probably isn’t going to help. However, if you are happy to put a little note in the stocking saying their present will arrive next year, then it certainly might be a chance. I’m talking about ReKixx sneakers, shoes that will make you feel a little better about your consumer purchase.

ReKixx's Green Valor high-top. Image courtesy of ReKixx.

ReKixx’s Green Valor high-top. Image courtesy of ReKixx.

Gary Gagnon, the creator of ReKixx, has a big vision. He is looking to create a closed loop cycle for his sneaker range. Once the sneakers are worn out, the wearer simply sends them back to the company and they ensure that they are completely recycled into new products and materials. Eventually, when the volume of their sneakers is high enough, they aim to recycle the shoes into new Rekixx sneakers and they’ll go into the kerbside recycling stream rather than sent back to the company.

ReKixx's Convertible Black slip-on. Image courtesy of ReKixx.

ReKixx’s Convertible Black slip-on. Image courtesy of ReKixx.

The entire shoe is made of only three materials. And it has been designed and constructed in a way that the entire shoe is recycled as a whole rather than needing to be separated into different parts. This is a major positive when they eventually hit the kerbside recycling path. Disassembly is just not cost effective and therefore products requiring it just don’t get recycled.

Although they successfully produced one batch of sneakers with Kickstarter earlier in the year, they are again looking for support through crowd funding. So, if you are in the market for a pair of sustainable high-tops head on over to their Kickstarter page and support a company with a big vision.

ReKixx sneaker blueprint. Image courtesy of ReKixx.

ReKixx sneaker blueprint. Image courtesy of ReKixx.

One Comment on “ReKixx: closed loop sneakers

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