Olsenhaus Makes Eco-Chic Vegan Shoes From Recycled TVs (No Foolin’!)

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With the transition to all-digital broadcasts, the planet isn’t exactly hurting for obsolete TV sets. Which is why vegan footwear purveyor Olsenhaus is making a switch of its own—by cladding Its entire Fall/Winter 2010 collection of pumps, wedges, stiletto booties, and knee-highs in an innovative polyester microfiber made from trashed television screens.


You don’t have to wait till August, however, to schlep around town in the unconventional textile. The soft, brushed-suede-like material by Toray Ultrasuede makes a cameo in Olsenhaus’s Spring/Summer 2010 line as the Babylon flat.

Just because a shoe is green doesn’t mean it has to look like an Earth Shoe or a Birkenstock, Olsen says.

For designer Elizabeth Olsen, phasing out petroleum-based faux leather in favor of something more sustainable is the logical next step in vegan fashion. But the incorporation of industrial waste shouldn’t be perceptible to the naked eye, she tells us. “The product needs to have substance to it, so you have to explain yourself or people would never know it was a) vegan or b) made from recycled TV sets,” she says. “It doesn’t have to look an Earth Shoe or a Birkenstock.”

Besides experimenting with a sole made from recycled rubber mingled with sawdust, Olsen is setting her sights on creating a heel derived from ground-up recycled-plastic pellets. “I want to do something abt that big island of trash in the Pacific,” she says with a laugh.

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5 Responses to “Olsenhaus Makes Eco-Chic Vegan Shoes From Recycled TVs (No Foolin’!)”

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  3. ianmoise says:

    Hi Jasmin,

    Thanks so much for posting this. I love reading stories about reuse and posting them on our website. And this one tops them all!! I have used it repeatedly of what can be done. It is AWESOME!!!

    If you have more reuse examples (or if you’ve written more articles on them), I would love to hear about them and post to our FB page which will provide a global platform for idea exchange on reuse – e.g. how do we reuse CDs in Finland, or bicycle tires in Lesotho?

    If you like our concept, you can find us on FB at http://www.facebook.com/pages/ReUseConnection/253021991560.

    Thanks again for your article.

    Warmest wishes,
    Ian Moise

  4. TheDiscerningBrute says:

    I love Olsen Haus. These designs are really amazing. Can’t wait for the men’s shoes. Thanks for posting this.

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