French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has unveiled the new Charlie sneakers, a unisex design that’s made from 90 per cent recycled and bio-sourced materials. That includes Biopolioli, a corn-based plastic, which can be found in the uppers of the shoes. Biopolioli is the latest bio-based material to trend in the fashion world.
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Charlie, LV’s most eco-friendly sneaker offering yet, has soles that are composed of at least 94 per cent recycled rubber; the laces are made entirely from recycled fibres; and the tongue patch uses Econyl, a renewable nylon fabric that has also been championed by Prada and Burberry.
Craftsmanship hasn’t been compromised, either; every pair of Charlie sneakers is produced in Louis Vuitton’s workshop in Fiesso d’Artico, Italy.