You wear running shoes to run, basketball shoes to ball, and golf shoes to golf. Now you can wear… cannabis shoes to smoke? What?
There are different varieties of the cannabis plant. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but hemp refers to the non-intoxicating (less than 0.3% THC) varieties and marijuana is the kind that… makes us eat Doritos.
You may have heard of hemp oil by now, but you haven’t seen shoes made from hemp. Allow me to introduce you…
8000Kicks is a sustainable brand making shoes from hemp! Here’s why you’ll love them…
Founded by a Portugese guy, a few joints, and his Grandma
Prepare yourself for an unusual startup story. Bernardo, the founder of 8000Kicks, was having a few beers and joints with friends one night when the idea came up to make a shoe for… smoking. It was a 5-in-the-morning kind of idea, but crazy ideas work sometimes.
Bernardo had seen some bags and wallets made of cannabis fibers before, so he decided to give it a shot. He asked the most unlikely person for help, his GRANDMA Otilia. She had over 50 years of experience in textiles, and together they worked with suppliers until they made the world’s first waterproof hemp shoe!
Comfortable shoes made for activity
8000Kicks made these shoes to be comfortable for everyday adventure. They are lightweight and super flexible. They can flex and bounce back to their original shape even after years of action.
100% splashproof and extra durable
This footwear is for the active person, the challenger, the explorer. The only way to provide the best experience under any condition is to keep your feet dry. That’s why 8000Kicks shoes are splash-proof and dust-proof.
The team spent months traveling the globe looking for the right growers of hemp to guarantee a premium fabric that was strong and durable. You can rest assured that these shoes will last, keeping your feet safe.
Made of sustainable hemp
While Nike uses polyester, rubber, cotton, and leather in their shoes, 8000Kicks uses hemp – it’s 100% vegan. Hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products! 8000Kicks uses this incredible plant to make their shoes and insoles.
Hemp has many environmental benefits. It is an attractive rotation crop for farmers. As it grows, hemp breathes in CO2, detoxifies the soil, and prevents soil erosion. Hemp requires much less water to grow — and no pesticides — so it is much more environmentally friendly than traditional crops.
And for the sole of the shoe, 8000Kicks uses Algae Bloom, thus removing harmful algae from our waterways.
The average carbon emissions for a pair of running shoes is 14Kg, but 8000Kicks’ process uses 71% less CO2, just 4.1Kg. They also use 70% less water.
And yes, hemp is legal everywhere in the world. You won’t get pulled over for wearing these shoes.
Plants a tree for every order
8000Kicks invests in capturing CO2 with the planting of trees. Every newly planted tree removes an average of 50 kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere each year during its growth period of 20-50 years.
They have planted nearly 4,500 trees already! You can see their progress.
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