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What Organic Means to BED|STÜ

Our philosophy is simple: to create sustainable products that are made to last, using only the most natural ingredients. It's better for us, our workers, and our planet.

All of our leather shoes and accessories are created with environmental consciousness in mind. We use the whole hide, imperfections and all, and each piece uses only the most natural and organic ingredients possible in the construction process.

Each product is carefully handcrafted with materials found in nature: vegetable tanned leathers, water-based glues, and plant-based dyes.

Vegetable tanning takes much longer (3+ weeks verses 5 hours) than chrome tanning. Chrome tanning is not only terrible for our environment, but it’s bad for our bodies and the workers who work with it. Vegetable tanning not only uses ingredients from nature like walnuts and quebracho bark, but it allows the leather to develop a rich and unique patina with wear over time.

Hand dipped in green paint holding a green leaf
PLANT BASED NATURAL DYES

Since our products are hand-dyed and hand-finished, it's important that we use only the safest ingredients possible. All our dyes are natural, non-toxic and sourced from nature, so they are safer for you, our workers, and our environment.

Sap from a rubber tree
NATURAL LATEX INSOLE

Natural latex, extracted from the sap of the rubber tree, is strong, very permeable, and free of harmful chemicals. It's excellent for sweat absorption and is highly resilient, reducing discomfort and improving odor-control.

A drop of water on a leaf
WATER BASED GLUES

We use only natural, water-based glues with our leather products. Unlike their solvent-based counterparts, water-based formulas are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are naturally formaldehyde-free, so they are not harmful to you or to the environment.

Bark of a cork tree
NATURAL CORK MIDSOLE

To fill the midsole, we use a blend of natural bark from the cork tree and recycled leather shavings. Over time, this blend creates a custom fit for lasting comfort.

Tall tree trunks reaching up towards the sky.
RESPONSIBLY SOURCED

From our leather uppers to the wood bottoms on our heels and wedges, all of our products are made using sustainably sourced, all-natural materials. We work hard to preserve our environment by utilizing and returning only what it naturally provides.

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