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Eco-Friendly na, Rasta pa!

<p>Pass the smile to the left-hand side!</p>
| May 11, 2010
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By now, you’re probably familiar with the Not-a-shoe Sanuk: it’s that hippie-esque footwear brand that triumphs recycling and smiling and passing it on. That’s right: The first Sanuk, erm, non-shoes (called “Fur Real”) were made with recycled carpet.

That was in 1998. Twelve years later, Sanuk surges on with their eco-friendly ethos and presents the R.A.S.T.A. collection. R.A.S.T.A. stands for “Recycled and Sustainable Trade Alliance” between Sanuk and champion surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich.

R.A.S.T.A. is an eco-friendly line that echoes the Rastafarian ethos of natural living. The outsoles of these non-shoes are made with recycled tires, for instance. Their toe posts and liners are made with super soft recycled PET.

Some sandals from the line, such as the Rasta Sprout and the Rasta Wombat, have hemp in them; hemp as we should all by now is yet another gift from the sweet leaf.

And speaking of herbs, the RASTA is 100% vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Check out the gallery below to see what we’re talking about.

WORDS BY: LOU E. ALBANO

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