Insecta Turns Vintage Clothes, Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Vegan Shoes

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Despite Brazil’s worst recession in more than two decades, Insecta made its first million reais ($300,000) just this past year, according to BBC News.

Owner and co-founder Barbara Mattivy credits this to the shoes’ “eco-sexy” nature. The designs are meant to be seasonless and genderless.

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Insecta mostly retails in its native Brazil, but you can also find it at MooShoes in the United States.

Beyond shoes, the company has explored collaborations with kindred firms such as Colibrii, whose artisans make backpacks and wristlets from secondhand denim and other castoff materials.

Color and conscience? Yes, please.

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