There is a massive amount of tyre waste in the world
Waste tyres sit in stockyards, illegal dumping sites, and even rivers. In tropical countries tyres can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which lead to nasty diseases like malaria and dengue fever.
It is nearly impossible for tyres to decompose
Due to their structure, tyres take thousands of years to decompose. So technically the first tyre ever made is still out there somewhere.
Tyres are being burned, leading to toxic oils and fumes
In third world countries tyres are used as a cheap alternative for fuel. This, along with tyres that catch fire due to lightning storms, result in toxic oils and fumes that are harmful for human health. We need to act fast.
We re-purpose these indestructible tyres into the soles of some of the most durable footwear around.
INDOSOLE AUSTRALIA STORY
The Indosole Australia story would not be possible without the vision of Kyle Parsons, Indosole founder and CEO. During a trip to Bali some years ago, he purchased a pair of sandals with soles made from motorbike tyres. The unique sandals prompted Kyle to learn more about the worldwide tyre problem, and he found that over one billion waste tyres end up in landfills every year. It was this startling statistic, and what should be done to alleviate this problem that was the impetus to launch the Indosole brand in 2009. To this day, it is the foundation on which Indosole is built. Repurposing rubber tyres, which are consciously sourced from landfills, mechanic garages, and gutters from all around Bali and other islands of Indonesia. We have built continuous relationships based on respect and trust with the original suppliers and artisans employed since the brands humble beginnings.
It is a simple idea that translates seamlessly to our product design itself. There is an elegant simplicity and integrity that give the Indosole brand its unique quality and feel.
Given our staples are slides and thongs, it seemed well overdue that we should make Indosole available to a growing sophisticated and ethically fashion forward Australian market.
Here at Indosole Australia, we are proud to be the custodians of the brand, and all that it stands for. After all, its Australia, and thongs are part of our national costume. Now you can look good and feel even better about wearing them.
Indosole is a certified B Corporation — one of over 1,000 companies using business as a force for good.
Our certification in 2014 is proof that we meet the rigorous standards of social and environmental performance required by the nonprofit B Lab. We are transparent with our operations, routinely providing glimpses of our production process on our social media platforms. We are proud to be a B Corp.
Our Indo Workshop is:
Staffed by professional adult artisans
Sanitary, safe, and abundant with natural light
A positive environment with music and laughter
The idea of turning tYres into soles came from the Indonesian people.
Through ingenuity they, like many cultures around the world, managed to turn trash into something functional and new. We are on a quest to magnify this concept, to produce tyre sole footwear on a larger scale, to make it more acceptable to the masses and eventually more preferable. We have continually developed our tyre sole footwear to ensure that it is fashionable and super comfortable. We hope you will join us on our quest to save 1 million tyres from negatively impacting our environment. Come along on our journey by following us on social media and helping us spread the word.