DNA Sustainable - Coconut + Cork + Cotton

DNA Footwear introduces it’s very first plant based and repurposed sneaker collection for DNA Sustainable.

These men's and women's sneakers are 100% vegan made with eco-friendly comfort offering the DNA Footwear shopper an alternative to synthetic and leather based products.

DNA Sustainable Materials

With 100% vegan and eco-friendly comfort constructed from upcycled rubber sole, coconut husk foot bed, organic + recycled cotton + PET plastic + low impact dyed upper, DNA Sustainable is here to offer an alternative and a step in the right direction for the DNA Footwear shopper.

What We're Made Of:


100% Organic Cotton Upper, Lining and Lace grown using methods and materials that have low impact on the environment, specifically reducing the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers

Coconut Footbeds are made from coconut husk, which provides natural anti-microbial properties.

100% Recycled Cotton & Polyester Upper with Polyester made from recycled PET bottles and produced using methods that save substantial amounts of water, energy, and CO2 emissions

 Natural Cork back tags provide an organic accent to your shoe.

Recycled Rubber soles conserve landfill space and prevent harmful pollution caused by discarded tires. It consists of a SBR (stryrene-butadienne) rubber with 40% recycled rubber and 60% natural rubber


1.) What is "PET plastic"?

PET plastics are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET, sometimes PETE) and can be used to make upcycled products. In many countries, PET plastics are coded with the resin identification code number "1" inside the universal recycling symbol, usually located on the bottom of the container.

2.) What is Recycled Cotton?

Recycled cotton can be generally defined as converting cotton fabric into cotton fiber that can be reused in textile products. Recycled cotton is also commonly referred to as regenerated cotton, reclaimed cotton or shoddy. Recycled content includes recycled raw material, as well as used, reconditioned, and re-manufactured components. Textile recycling is generated from two primary sources:

a.) Pre-consumer: includes scraps created by yarn and fabric by-product

b.) Post-consumer: includes garments, upholstery, towels, household items to be repurposed

The largest volume of recycled cotton sources is produced through pre-consumer waste, such as cutting scraps. Post-consumer waste is more difficult to sort through due to various color shades, fabric blends, and it is generally a more labor-intensive process.

3.) What is a "Natural Dye"? 

“Dyes” are defined as highly colored substances that can be applied to a substrate to impart color with some degree of permanence. Technologies and processes used to dye cotton are continuously evolving in order to reduce the supply chain footprint. 

4.) What is a "Low Impact Dye"?

Dyes used to manufacture textiles that have minimal impact on the environment and are non-toxic (unlike conventional dyes). Low impact dyes are also less likely to cause allergic reactions. 

5.) How do I properly dispose of my old shoes? 

Donate or recycle your old shoes. In addition to secondhand stores that accept shoes like the Goodwill and Salvation Army there are organizations specializing in shoe donation. Soles4Souls and Dress for Success are just a couple organizations that we've worked with in the past who are putting your used soles to good use. 

Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. They accept all types of shoes, even flip-flops and dance shoes, as long as they are new or gently worn. There are drop-off locations throughout the U.S.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success accepts women's career appropriate footwear that is gently. worn. 

TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste. For shoes on their last leg that are not gently worn, check out TerraCycle's drop-off locations near you. Keep an eye out in DNA Footwear stores for shoe and flip-flop recycling drop-boxes coming soon!!! 


  • The process of recycling can divert many products from landfills. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, annual textile waste is estimated to equal 25 billion pounds.1
  • The amount of energy, water, and dye use is reduced from using a product that has already been processed. The savings are achieved through offsetting production of new materials. Since recycled cotton yarns most commonly are sourced from pre-consumer textile scraps that are sorted by color, the yarns are already dyed.
  • The CO2 and fossil fuel emission savings can be partially offset from using existing materials. However, the collection, processing and shipping of cotton scraps or clothing can reduce or neutralize some of these savings.2
1 Council for Textile Recycling (2018). http://www.weardonaterecycle.org.
2 Recycled Cotton. (2014). Textile Exchange