It’s hard not to be inspired by the growing number of companies out there supporting the planet with eco-conscious products while also supporting important social causes. We’re especially impressed by Roma Provisions‘ rain boots that help children living in poverty in Central and Eastern Europe; gorgeous designs from Raven + Lily dedicated to empowering women in Africa and India; one-for-one shoe purchases benefiting kids in need from TOMS; and now, the collaboration between Krochet Kids international and Vans in an effort to aid deserving women in developing countries.
Founded by three men from Spokane, WA, with an innovative idea and a surprising interest in crochet, KrochetKids international shows women in developing nations how to crochet hats and other goods, and then enrolls them in a holistic program that helps teach them to rise above poverty. This summer, the non-profit is teaming up with shoe-giant Vans to introduce the Bixie, a footwear line hand-crocheted entirely in Uganda. Thoughtfully made in every way, each shoe uses 100% natural hemp or canvas and water-based inks and glues.