Image: Catherine Tough

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

THE BEST SUSTAINABLE SLIPPERS

13 brands making cosy eco, ethical and vegan slippers

By hannah rochell
9 february 2021

You’ve probably spent more time in your slippers this year than ever before due to pandemic lockdowns, and the chances are that means you’ve worn a hole in them and you’re in the market for a new pair. But next time you’re shopping for slippers, it’s worth pausing to ponder what they are made from, and who made them. Was the worker who embroidered your slippers paid fairly? And that polyester upper might be practical, but is it recycled? 


So whether it's the cold weather from the Beast from the East or simply working from home that’s making you reassess your slipper situation, we wanted to remind you that keeping your toes toasty doesn’t have to cost the Earth. Here, we’ve rounded up the best natural and recycled options for keeping your feet snug.

Wool slippers

Wool is a natural, biodegradable material that is often felted into sheets of material, then cut and sewn into slippers. If left with all its natural qualities, wool will also keep your feet fresher than synthetic fibres, as well being super warm.

Westmorland Sheepskins

While we’re big fans of bright colours, it turns out that sheepskin looks fantastic when it's left to its own devices, too. These ALYS slippers haven’t been dyed at all and come in a mesh cotton bag that has been designed to be re-used - ideal as a vegetable bag or for your toiletries.

Baabuk

Baabuk’s cosy felted wool slippers are made from New Zealand wool, where the cruel practice of mulesing is banned. They’re handmade in Nepal using traditional methods and the sole is made from natural rubber. Choose from a mule style or these cute booties in a variety of colours.

Allbirds

Well-known for their sustainable trainers, Allbirds also makes Wool Loungers, a slip-on style that is ideal to be used as a slipper and comes with the bonus of being outdoor friendly. Made from merino wool, they also have a carbon-neutral sole made using sugarcane. 

Egos Copenhagen

These certified Fair Trade wool slippers are given their zingy colours using eco-friendly dyes. The pure wool contains lanolin, which naturally repels odours, moisture and grime. Their double sole makes them extra comfortable, too.

Giesswein

This style is called Woolpops, and that pop of colour on the natural rubber sole is achieved using food colouring! They’re available in various shades of grey wool and eight colour pop sole options.

Handmade slippers

Many ethical slipper brands use traditional methods and artisan makers to produce their mules and booties, keeping old techniques alive and creating employment for local people.

Proceeds from sales of Goal 8 #TOGETHERBANDs go to the Goodweave

The Small Home

This company sources all of its leathers as ethically as possible, and its sheepskin is off-cuts from Rolls Royce interiors! It has loads of styles of handmade slippers available, and these silver beauties, which have a snuggly shearling lining, are also suitable to be worn outside.

Genevieve Sweeney

This Scottish designer uses traditional methods to make her knitwear, including these cool geometric slippers which boast a Hand Intarsia technique. They are made with British spun lambswool and lined with British sheepskin - a byproduct of the meat industry that would otherwise be considered as waste.

Kyrgies

Kyrgies has a few different styles but we particularly love these house shoes which come in six different colours. They are handcrafted from sheets of wool felt by artisans in Kyrgyzstan and have a non-slip veg-tanned leather sole, which uses less chemicals and prevents water pollution.

Catherine Tough

We love the colours and patterns that knitwear designer Catherine Tough’s slippers are available in (see also top). They’re handmade and lined with a fluffy sheepskin for extra warmth. Why not invest in a matching hot water bottle cover for the ultimate home office accessory?

Recycled slippers 

Whether they’re made from plastic bottles or wool, recycled materials are the ultimate in eco slippers. Remember to wash manmade materials in a Guppyfriend bag or similar to catch microplastics before they enter the water system.

Proceeds from sales of Goal 13 #TOGETHERBANDs go to WWF Climate and Polar Programme

Everlane

Everlane’s ReNew slippers are made from 100% recycled nylon and polyester with a rubber sole that’s 94.2% free of virgin plastic. We love the quilted style - like a duvet for your feet! Available in cream and black.

Mahabis

Choose from 12 colour combinations of Mahabis Curve slippers. They’re made using recycled wool for their uppers, as well as organic wool lining and a natural rubber sole, and come in 100% recycled packaging.

Gumbies

Made from recycled plastic and recycled rubber, a pair of Gumbies’ Outback Slippers uses the equivalent of eight plastic bottles, saving them from landfill or polluting the ocean. They’re also suitable for vegans.

D Franklin

This might look like a felt upper, but it’s actually another pair of beauties made from recycled plastic bottles. These Mercredy slippers are available in 12 colour combinations, so there’s something for everyone.

100% of profits from the sales of #TOGETHER products go to charities that advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more here.