These are lightweight, sustainably-made sneakers that consist of a fabric made from coffee grounds and recycled plastic waste. To be exact, one pair consists of six discarded plastic bottles and 300 grams of used coffee grounds, which reportedly comes from 21 cups of coffee!
Developed by entrepreneurs and sneaker enthusiasts, Son Chu and Jesse Tran, the forward-thinking duo was concerned about their business, Rens’ environmental impact. So, the innovators, who studied in Finland and are from Vietnam, decided to fill a void and create sustainably-made sneakers that were stylish, affordable, and eco-friendly.
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Ironically, one of the natural properties of coffee grounds is their ability to eliminate odors, which is a refreshing concept for sneaker lovers. According to Ren, its shoes are also vegan. With production at an all-time high with customers in 57 countries – thanks to a successful fundraising campaign, Rens hopes to someday move manufacturing from China to their homeland of Vietnam.