August 17, 2017

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It's a nice day for an eco wedding

Whether you are planning a wedding of your own, or are joining the bride and groom in the celebration of their marriage - don't forget to think about your feet!

Chances are there will be a lot of standing around, walking about, and don't forget the dancing - our stylish collection of shoes and sandals are perfect for a (wedding) day on your feet, and oh they look a little bit special too.

All of our shoes and sandals have been handmade, (and hand stitched) in Portugal, with no toxic glues, so if it's a natural eco wedding you are planning, or attending, look no further.

Linda Thomas Eco Design has chosen a selection of our vegan Pinatex sandals, shoes and men's shoes in her latest woodland eco wedding shoot - We LOVE this collection of images, and what a wonderful team she has worked with on the ethical wedding photoshoot (see links below). Linda herself makes ready-made and made-to-measure wedding dresses and is happy to upcycle your own favourite pre-loved or vintage piece.

Such a wonderful idea! And as with our shoes - don't think of the wedding outfit as being JUST for that special day, wedding dresses can be worn again and again, if you do it right... 

Think of your gown & shoes as a long term investment

As Livia Firth, Eco-Age, says in a Vogue Magazine article about eco friendly wedding dresses: " - Your wedding gown doesn’t have to be worn for just your ceremony. Embrace your creative side and update your gown with clever accessories and tailoring so that you can enjoy slipping into your dress for years to come. I wore a wedding dress with a black sash to the Golden Globes in 2010.” (pictured)

To find out more about Linda and how she can create a one-off wedding gown for you, get in touch with her by email or go to her website for more information.

Pinatex non-leather shoes featured above can be found HERE:

and HERE:

and a selection of men's sneakers HERE:

Wedding Dresses: lindathomasecodesign.co.uk

Shoes: po-zu.com
Groom’s Attire: lindathomasecodesign.co.uk
Photography: katymcdonnell.co.uk
Photography Assistant: lindsayperezphoto.squarespace.com
Hair and Make-up: able-mabel.com
Flowers: pipleyflowers.com
Rings: ecowoodrings.co.uk

Further reading - Ethical Consumer's The rise of 'preloved' bridal boutiques 

August 14, 2017

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Chewie, we're home!

Star Wars collection AW17 order updates
Finally you'll be pleased to hear - our Star Wars Shoes by Po-Zu have started to make their way to their new homes.

Delivery update
Boots and sneakers pre-ordered on or around 'Star Wars Day' (May the 4th 2017) will be amongst the first, (yes, the FIRST ORDER.... ) to be dispatched this week.

Po-Zu Star Wars Shoes ordered more recently, are being hand-made* in our factory in Portugal, and will follow to be dispatched around the end of August 2017. Thank you so much for your patience and support.

Kevin Smith (@thatkevinsmith) at the recent London Film and Comic Con
- choices, choices!

*If you'd like to watch the making of the Rey Boot here and the making of the Resistance here.

July 14, 2017

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The Resistance

We are delighted to feature in the Guardian's supplement today, My Green Pod 

‘I had to resist the dark side and make a real alternative, that’s why I started Po-Zu: our footwear’s free of solvent-based glues, made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, natural rubber, cork and made with respect to the people who make the shoes.’

SVEN SEGAL
Founder of Po-Zu 

Read more about the Star Wars collaboration featured on page 24 in today's Guardian newspaper supplement My Green Pod. 

AND see page 42 of their magazine - there's a rather splendid competition to WIN £500 to spend at Po-Zu.com too. 

 

 

 

June 28, 2017

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Anthony Daniels C-3P0 these are the shoes you are looking for

Anthony Daniels C-3P0, these are the shoes you are looking for

Spotted at the recent Glastonbury Festival - We were delighted to see Star Wars Legend Anthony Daniels - aka C-3P0, ditched the golden suit in favour of his new favourite Po-Zu BRISK sneakers - thankfully it was a dry Glastonbury weekend, so wellies were not required!Anthony Daniels - wears Po-Zu

We hear from Anthony that he is totally in love with his vegan sneakers - and is keen to try the RESISTANCE sneakers on for size in August!

Thank to Jill Barker at Middlewick for this fabulous photo.

And to see more of our Star Wars collection, visit us at the London Film ComicCon and Anthony Daniels will be guesting at Boston ComicCon in August (where we are sure he will be telling EVERYone about his love for Po-Zu shoes!)

Anthony Daniels is an English actor and mime artist. He is known for playing C-3PO in the Star Wars film series. He is the only actor to have appeared in all of the major films in the series, as well as its many spin-offs.

 

June 16, 2017

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Festivals and Comic Con Volunteers Needed - Star Wars™ | Po-Zu shoes

Festivals and Comic Con Volunteers Needed - Star Wars™ | Po-Zu shoes

Are you energetic, enthusiastic and a big fan of Star Wars? Come and join the Po-Zu Comic Con and festival volunteer team!


Po-Zu is looking for passionate volunteers to help out at all upcoming comic cons and events with the brand. Join us for an open call training session at 17:30 - 19:00 on the 6th July.
Po-Zu is a London-based award-winning sustainable footwear brand, launched in 2006, and currently ranked as the UK’s Number 1 Ethical Shoe Brand by The Ethical Company Organisation. We are collaborating with Star Wars™ on an exciting co-branded collection which will take our ethics into mainstream fashion.

Email Kate kate@po-zu.com with a little bit about yourself and why you want to get involved.
We will cover lunch and your event ticket. We ask that you are available to volunteer for at least 2 days minimum and we will ensure that you have time in between to have a look around the event. More on the Star Wars collection here.
June 16, 2017

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TWO GENERATIONS OF ETHICAL FASHIONISTAS COMPARE NOTES

Safia: 
I wanted to be part of the solution & not the reason for peoples suffering and environmental exploitation in the developing world.  When I read about sweatshop production of sportswear and denim brands in the 90s,
I was totally shocked that our capitalist system did not legally protect workers from horrible forms of exploitation and often forced pollution into their communities. So I started People Tree, the organic cotton dress is People Tree, because I couldn’t find any Fair Trade fashion that looked good.
I think the True Cost movie really galvanised the Fashion revolution and younger people want transparency and to express their values. Maybe we are going back to making our own original style and slowing down. Buying quality over quantity and choosing ethical products. 

Today I’m wearing my favourite Star Wars by Po-Zu shoes the Resistance sneakers – out soon!









Kate: 
I have been aware of the ill effects our buying decisions have on the people and the planet since before I can remember - it has always been there in my mind. Throughout my life I have often felt paralysed by the options out there for me, wanting in so many ways to minimise the harm.

When I joined the Ethical Fashion Forum, I was really galvanised into action. It was a really important period of my life. It showed me that change was possible. Here was a huge network of fashion professionals working to do things make differently, we don't realise the power our buying decisions have to make the world a better place.

For everyone who has seen a documentary about the harm the shoe industry does to the people and the planet, you will understand why this is such an important issue for Po-Zu. 

Today I am proud to be wearing a pair of shoes made from pineapples. Really, I'm serious! Pinatex is an incredibly durable, vegan, low-impact material made using the pineapple husk waste fibre. The wedge is made from FSC responsibly sourced wood. I can walk around in these all day!

June 12, 2017

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Po-Zu Wins Best Ethical Fashion Label Award

Po-Zu Wins Best Ethical Fashion Label Award

We are delighted to have won Best Ethical Fashion Award last night at the Fashion Worked Awards hosted at Century Club Roof Terrace in Soho.

Olivia Pinnoch, Founder of the Fashion Debates, presented the Ethical Fashion category award, judged by Tamsin Lejeune, CEO of Ethical Fashion Forum and Harold Tillman CBE. 

Sven Segal, Founder and Safia Minney, Managing Director of Po-Zu collected the trophy, a golden Hippo!

Sven, Saf & the Po-Zu team are really thrilled and Sven has proudly arranged the Hippo Award next to Po-Zu’s other awards, exclaiming “I guess you have to have a skin as thick as a Hippo to keep up your ‘PoZutivity’ and keep pioneering an ethical and sustainable shoe company!

Check out our collection here

Read about the other winners to the awards here

June 11, 2017

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The Making of The Resistance High-Top Sneaker

It was fascinating to watch the entire making process of the Resistance sneakers; there is always room for being attracted to new techniques even after working as a shoe designer for over 20 years...

 

We are here to resist the dark side of ‘mass-production’; these Resistance sneakers are clearly hand-made by skillful makers who pride themselves for their craftsmanship, attention to detail, and putting together a quality product.

I was delighted to see that even the rubberised Rebel Alliance badge application was such a measured manual process; how they pour the creamy rubber carefully into the shallow metal mould, one by one, then wiping the excess off and baking it for over 7 minutes. The freshly baked marzipan-like badge then magically appears perfectly fused onto the organic cotton canvas.

The interior construction of the quilted back panel is one of my favourite operations too, how the spongy latex foam strips are layered like a double-decker to form a mini Michelin man’s tummy once stitched together.

We have been fortunate to team up with this immaculate Portuguese shoe factory to develop and produce our co-branded Star Wars collection. They have recently phased out all solvent-based glues (partly thanks to us urging them to meet our sustainable standards), so the quality of air is pleasant too. Working in such a clean environment makes a huge difference to the worker’s health and well-being, compared with the vast majority shoe factories I have visited whereby workers are exposed to toxic fumes on a daily basis.

You may call me a dreamer but I love the idea of making shoes for a higher purpose; our mission is to restore workers’ rights, people’s feet, and ultimately make better shoes; a small thing considering the purpose of the Rebel Alliance is to restore freedom to the entire galaxy!

As you wear these vegan Resistance sneakers and experience the bounce of our natural latex Foot-Mattress™, may you feel the force right beneath your feet.

 

By Sven Segal

Founder of Po-Zu

 

SHOP the collection here, available in Mens, Womens, and Children's sizes in an array of colours.

 

May 10, 2017

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World Fair Trade Day 13 May 2017

World Fair Trade Day takes place this year on Saturday 13 May.

Initiated in 2001 by Safia Minney, Managing Director of Po-Zu.com, Author of Slave to Fashion, and founder of People Tree; World Fair Trade Day is now a global event raising awareness of sustainable development, poverty eradication and social justice.

This weekend we are asking people to support World Fair Trade Day with the hashtags #WFTD and #EthicalTopToToe and tag the instagram/twitter handles @Po_Zu  and @SlavetoFash.


Safia writes: as People Tree’s Founder and CEO, we were already running World Fair Trade Day campaigns across Japan, with European and US Fair Trade organisations, showing how fairer trade makes a huge difference to people’s lives and community development.

Helping to prevent child labour by helping children attend school and escape poverty; supporting women’s economic independence who have been abandoned by their husbands; and how a strong partnership in trade can help Fair Trade suppliers invest in environmental initiatives. 
Fair Trade has been the most significant global movement that has set the agenda and “tested and proven” that another way of business is possible. It has set the agenda and galvanised the sustainable development, social justice and poverty reduction debate.

It has also led the movement calling for corporate responsibility and accountability.

When I led the initiative to form a recognised World Fair Trade Day in 1999, endorsed by the World Fair Trade Organisation, other Fair Trade companies were quick to support me and many became national coordination offices for their countries.

Before long, there were over 3000 events in over 30 countries around the world from breakfasts created with Fair Trade ingredients, fair trade fashion shows, debates, events, producers meeting with consumers, supported by media, politicians and key leaders, influencers and celebrities. This has led to heightened awareness and the Modern Slavery Act, instigated by Baroness Lola Baroness Young of Hornsey (pictured below with Safia Minney at the Slave to Fashion book launch) where companies of over £36mn per annum, are obliged to report on what they are doing to eradicate slavery from their supply chains. It has also helped shape the debate on sustainability and prove that a new economics approach is possible.

Safia, Lola Young, Livia Firth

Shopping from the ethical pioneers like, People Tree, Po-Zu, Riverford Organics, Ecotricity; etc. Many people are joining campaigns like World Fair Trade Day, Fashion Revolution, Clean Clothes Campaign and introducing the issues to their friends. 

My new book Slave to Fashion explores modern slavery and human trafficking. It is a good read for anyone in business to understand how to go about investigating their supply chain.

I knew the importance of good communications and design when I set up People Tree, as I had worked in advertising and media. I was fed up with supporting bad business and wanted to prove there was another way of doing business. I look forward in my new role as managing Director of Po-Zu, to make it the go-to ethical footwear brand with our amazing team. It’s relatively easy to dress "ethically top to toe" and find a green solution to most of the things that I need to buy from organic food, green energy to eco holidays.

So this weekend we are asking people to support World Fair Trade Day with the hashtags #WFTD and #EthicalTopToToe and tag my instagram/twitter handles @Po_Zu  and @SlavetoFash.

Click here to watch Safia in conversation with Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity (and massive fan of Star Wars)

Click here to pre-order your own Star Wars - Po-Zu shoes and boots

Click here for our Spring/Summer 2017 mainline collection

May 10, 2017

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Po-Zu partners with Ecotricity

Dale Vince, Founder, Ecotricity is a huge fan of Star Wars and Po-Zu 

We're excited to welcome our new partners Ecotricity to celebrate the launch of our Star Wars collaboration :) Safia Minney, Managing Director of Po-Zu interviews Dale Vince, Founder of Britain's first green energy company Ecotricity. Dale is an advocate of green living and promoting ethics in energy, transport and food. Dale also supports ethical fashion and is a huge fan of Star Wars and Po-Zu.

Switch to Ecotricity today and benefit from our partnership - sign up for Green GAS, receive an exclusive £25 Po-Zu.com gift voucher, sign up for Green ELECTRICITY receive a £25 gift voucher - sign up for both - receive a £50 gift voucher to use on the Po-Zu.com mainline collection  *Ts and Cs apply



Po-Zu produces ethically sourced premium footwear; made from carefully selected natural materials that are healthy for your feet, safe for all the workers throughout the supply chain, and kind to the environment. Join the pioneers to turn business on its head.

WATCH a video of that MEETING of minds, and Dale's love for all things Star Wars here:


Ts and Cs: For a limited period only, may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, Vouchers to be used on mainline Spring Summer 17 Po-Zu collection (may not be used to order from the Star Wars collaboration collection)

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