Category: Ecology

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Barefoot in vegetable-tanned leather

New styles in the 2021 collection: POLOLO barefoot shoes

We only use vegetable-tanned leather for manufactoring our barefoot collection. POLOLO barefoot shoes are particularly breathable, skin-friendly, soft and continue reading

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Vegan colourful shoes made from SEAQUAL® YARN

SEAQUAL INITIATIVE: “Together for a clean ocean!”

This motto of the SEAQUAL INITIATIVE inspired us to create our new colourful children’s shoe collection made from upcycled marine plastic. Unfortunately, many millions of tons of waste still end up in our oceans every year. We all know: This is a danger to our environment! For SEAQUAL® YARN, this plastic waste is collected from the seabed off the Spanish coast by around 400 partner fishermen and then processed into SEAQUAL® YARN – each produced kilogram corresponds to continue reading

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Second-Hand fashion as a sustainable alternative

Are POLOLOs a sustainable alternative?

Is it really necessary to keep buying always new clothes or shoes? Or is there an alternative that is continue reading

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Hemp: The universally applicable natural fibre

Report on the „Fibre Seminar“ in POLOLO‘s ShowRoom, Part 4

At the end of our “Fibre Seminar”, the natural fibre hemp and a few short remarks on the topic of the “Green Button” were on the agenda. The first hemp fabrics are said to have existed in Asia a good 12,000 years ago, said guest speaker Heike Hess, office manager of the continue reading

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Wool: The “air conditioner” among natural fibres

Report on the „Fibre Seminar“ in POLOLO‘s ShowRoom, Part 3

Wool from animal hair is considered the oldest fibre used by humans – the fur of farm animals was already used in the Stone Age, explained guest speaker Heike Hess, branch manager of the Association of the International Natural Textile Industry (IVN), in the third part of the „Fibre Seminar“ in POLOLO‘s ShowRoom. The two previous articles focusing on leather and cotton can also be found in our blog. We have also filmed the presentation on wool – you can find it at continue reading

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POLOLO uses natural leather

Report on the POLOLO ShowRoom “Fibre Seminar” on leather In our second blog article on POLOLO‘s “Fibre Seminar”, we now deal with the topic of leather. The natural leather used by POLOLO nestles against children’s feet like a second skin. Our leather slippers are therefore the best alternative to healthy barefoot walking. This lecture given… continue reading

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Cotton as a suitable material alternative

POLOLO also uses the “white gold”: Report from the POLOLO B2B lecture evening (“Fibre Seminar” for POLOLO retailers) on September 10th, 2019 in Berlin

Once again, we had an interesting lecture evening for retailers in our Berlin POLOLO ShowRoom in September 2019. Some participants took on extra long journeys to listen to the presentations by POLOLO Executive Director Franziska Kuntze and guest speaker Heike Hess, head of the office of the Association of the International Natural Textile Industry (IVN), on the focal points of leather, cotton, wool and hemp (all materials processed for the POLOLO shoe collection) and we would like to thank them continue reading

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Car-free Day on September 22nd

A good opportunity to think about getting around on foot and to be equipped with good footwear

The “Car-free Day” was launched in 1998 on a French initiative. The intention of this day of action, which is now under the auspices of the EU, is to restrict motorised individual transport in order to motivate people, at least throughout Europe, to come together on streets, squares, crossroads and, above all, in their neighbourhoods, so that we can experience together that motorised vehicles are mobility aids, but that as such they must not dominate our lives and our movement behaviour. We guess that this day is a good opportunity to think about continue reading

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IVN: For sustainability, respect and responsibility

POLOLO interview with Heike Hess, head of the office of the International Association of the Natural Textile Industry

The International Association of the Natural Textile Industry e.V. (IVN) is committed to sustainability, respect and responsibility towards the environment. At all stages of production and distribution, this attitude is to be implemented and brought to the attention of as many people as possible. POLOLO conducted an interview with Heike Hess, the continue reading

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Chromate as an underestimated health hazard

POLOLO only uses chromate-free leather from Germany

The EU had published a regulation on March 26th, 2014, according to which the long-standing strict German regulation regarding chromium (VI) in leather goods must also be adopted throughout the European Union. Chromate allergy is considered an increasing challenge, as according to medical experts, there are already 500,000 people in Germany who are affected by it – and the number is rising. The sensitisation triggered by contact with chromate, i.e. chromium (VI), in leather shoes remains virulent for a lifetime. Experts believe that around continue reading