GreenSoul Shoes is on a mission to shoe 1 million children in 5 years! You can assist their efforts by purchasing a pair of their 100% up-cycled sandals to wear, and GreenSoul Shoes will give a pair away to an underprivileged, barefoot child in the same community that the shoes were made. It is that easy! The typical mode of transportation in many of these communities is by foot, and a pair of shoes can mean that a child can walk to school to receive an education without worry of infection or injury. Education is the first step in breaking the cycle of poverty, and the seemingly small gift of a pair of shoes can literally set the child on the right path.

This amazing, planet-conscious company works with local artisans from various developing nations to produce a comfortable, high-quality sandal that is entirely made out of inner tubes and rubber tires with absolutely no staples, pins or glues. What is even more exemplary is that this organization has decided to not only help place shoes on children’s feet, but they have considered the fact that discarded tires can take over 80 years in illegal dump sites to decompose, and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which cause diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.

In addition to their sandals, the artisans handcraft gorgeous bracelets and matching necklaces created out of magazines, as well as large and small-sized tote bags. “Mom” was fortunate to receive a matching bracelet and necklace set that is truly beautiful. The artisans chose to roll the same color of magazine papers into a gorgeous set that has everyone guessing what the jewelry is made from!

With their “Buy One, Give One” policy, GreenSoul Shoes is truly making an impact. To learn more about, or to purchase a pair of sandals, please visit their website.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review*

What color is your soul? That is the burning question that the founders of GreenSoul Shoes would like to know! Alastair Ong, Iris Chau, and Stephen Chen have taken the time to answer “Mom’s” questions about their mission to place shoes on the feet of underprivileged children around the globe.

An Interview with the Founders of GreenSoul Shoes

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

GSS’s mission is to shoe underprivileged children around the world in a sustainable fashion. We work with local artisans from developing nations to produce a 100% up-cycled sandal and for each one that we sell; we give one away to an underprivileged child in need in that same community.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I am a staunch advocate of composting even if you live in a small apartment: See my blog and a write-up in another blog here.

Guilty green pleasure?

I love recycled bags or any sort. I have a collection of bags made out of juice boxes, sailcloth, nylon, reused cotton.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Because it’s recycled doesn’t mean that it needs to be ugly or uncomfortable or not stylish. Green is chic in itself, and it is our job as inventors, manufacturers, retailers and innovators to make our sustainable products even better than non-sustainable products.

*Image provided by GreenSoul Shoes.*