Indosole: A Company that Leads by Example

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How are you an environmental leader? Show us by entering our 4th Annual Ocean Guardian Contest starting on October 1st, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize of a surf & yoga camp for two and other sweet products from Indosole and other awesome companies!

When Kyle Parson went to Bali, Indonesia for the first time, he was shocked by the amount of trash on the beaches and in the ocean. On that first trip 2004, he bought a pair of sandals with soles made tires and decided to learn more about the worldwide tire problem. Five years later he started Indosole to help alleviate Indonesia’s pollution problem.

Indosole is a company that collects old tires in Indonesia and then cut them into soles to make shoes or sandals. There is a massive amount of tire waste in the world and as it’s almost impossible for a tire to decompose the first tire ever made could be out there somewhere. Indosole repurposes these indestructible tires into the soles of durable and long lasting footwear.

Tire shoe sole

Photo c/o Indosole

Taking initiative and responsibility

When Kyle Parson held a TED Talk in Ubud, Bali he talked about his first trip to Bali and how he suffered from ear infections by all the pollution in the water. He was disgusted and thought to himself, “why don’t they clean it up?” This is the main problem according to Kyle Parson — the idea that someone else will do “it” — pick up trash, clean up the water, fix the world’s problems.

In 2009 he launched Indosole, a company that turn motorbike tires into something new and functional. They collect the tires, cut them into the right shape, and connect the sole to the upper shoe which is made from natural materials like organic canvas, banana leaves, or grass. Indosole is a certified B Corps company, and adheres to the strict standards created by the nonprofit B Lab, and to contribute positively to global social and environmental movements.

Something we can all do

Even though it’s hard to compete against the big fashion companies who mass produce products, Kyle Parson and his co-workers are hoping more people will support their idea and also be more aware of how much single waste we use. Parsons has encouraged people to choose one plastic product and not use it for 30 days. It could be a plastic straw, take away cups, or plastic water bottles for example. By doing that, you create awareness of how much you actually use of that product and after 30 days it’s going to be so much easier to just keep on denying it.

Tire sandal sole

Photo c/o Indosole

The possibilities are endless

Indosole’s focus is on tires but Parson also wants to point out how much you can actually recycle or upcycle. Dressed in clothes and shoes made primarily from recycled trash or materials, he expressed at the TED Talk how he one day hopes this will be the norm instead of something only a few people could wear. He also pointed out other examples as recycled bags, surfboards, and skateboards. In short, he is now actively taking the lead and “being the change” he wants to see in the world. We greatly admire this company and their vision, feel motivated by what they are achieving, and are so excited to have them as partners and donors in our 2016 Ocean Guardian Contest — grand prize winners of the 2016 Ocean Guardian Contest will win a pair of these awesome sandals amongst their gift basket!

Written by Anastasia Konstadinidis

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