This year in light of giving thanks to our rainforests of the sea, we have partnered with Sea Trees - An organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the underwater forests of the ocean. 20% donation from every sale November 29 - December 4th Did you know that 71% of the earth is covered by water? This is a fact that probably most people know but never really take into consideration when speaking about deforestation and replanting trees. However, believe it or not, the majority of the oxygen we breathe comes from our oceans. Yep, 90% of all carbon in the GLOBAL carbon cycle is stored in the ocean! This is where it should be sequestered to reverse climate change. Known as the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs are the largest living structures on earth and support 25% of marine life. The conservation of these ecosystems is vital to coastal protection, scientific research, medication, fishing, eco-tourism, and more. Our Visit to Sea Trees Coral Farms in Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia: In May, we had an opportunity to visit the Sea Trees coral gardens in Nusa Penida and connect with their team. We got to see first hand, how coral restoration works and WHY it is important. The Indonesian coral farmers are committed to caring for the coral gardens and maintaining the growth of the much needed coral supplements as well as planting new coral seedlings. This is a full time job and requires daily diving to care for the coral and their habitats. It was an honor to give them each a pair of Indosole sandals as a token of appreciation for all they do. So, at the end of each work day, when the flippers come off their feet, a pair of Indosole’s will slip on and take them home to their families. Photos from Left to Right: Kyle with Coral Farmers, Boat Captain, Michael the Founder of Sea Trees with a Farmer Sea Trees announced their first major milestone on earth day 2021 of reaching 1 Million SeaTrees planted + protected. Since then they have been on a mission to reach the next 1 million, as well as work towards their goal to support 100 blue-carbon projects in threatened coastal ecosystems by 2030, in turn becoming a global leader in developing blue carbon projects. Here are other milestones achieved so far by Sea Trees’ efforts in Indonesia: 12,000 Coral Fragments Resorted in Nusa Pendia, Bali, Indonesia 25 local Indonesians are provided with sustainable employment Habitat created for 500+ marine species 25 local Indonesians are provided with sustainable employment Now, we all have an opportunity to support Sea Trees in their efforts to keep working and fighting for our environment, we are so honored to partner with them and donate 20% of each sale towards Sea Trees and the replanting of our underwater forests. Check out their website here and learn more about them - Sea Trees 20% donation from every sale November 29 - December 4th Thanks to the Sea Trees team and all they do for our oceans, Indosole Team
13 years of push! Push to stay alive. Push to do things better. Push to make great products. Pushing ourselves to keep pushing. Small business is tough / small business is rewarding. It's the yin and yang that are the heartbeat of small businesses. The challenge is real. But so is the joy, the pure sweet joy. The building of a family. The building of a community. The building of a product or service that people enjoy and find useful. In the case of Indosole, we continue to provide both a product- a sandal, and a service - a way to help you live a more beautiful and resourceful life that we hope will bring you happiness and joy. We have been pushing for 13 years and there is no way we could keep doing this without the community that has been so good to us. 4 years ago we built our first flagship store in Echo Beach, Canggu, on the island of Bali, and just recently we opened 2 more stores - 1 in Ubud, and 1 in Uluwatu - both on our beautiful home of Bali. Our retail staff has been at the core of our shops - keeping our doors open through the pandemic and our ability to open 2 more stores in which we are very proud of. This Small Business Saturday we want to thank you - to our community and provide a special thanks to our retail staff who work so hard to provide a positive experience to all who visit our Indosole stores. In light of small business Saturday we'd like to introduce your to Lana! Lana is in charge :) gracefully and resourcefully managing our retail spaces in Bali for the last 3 years. Originally from Jakarta, Lana has been living in Bali for 9 years now. Lana enjoys going to the beach, her favorite being Padang-Padang Beach in Uluwatu. A favorite customer story is when two couples from Korea came to our flagship store in Canggu, and loved hearing about Indosole's history from her. They ended up buying 13 pairs of our sandals as a souvenir for their family and friends back home. Lana has been a rock for our team in Bali, a leader to our retail staff in Bali, and always has a smile on her face. So we will be providing 10% off your purchase and 10% of your purchase will be going back to our staff in Bali by using the code: SmallBizBali The codes work both online and in-store at our shops in Echo Beach, Ubud, and Uluwatu Thank you for your support. Let's keep pushing!
!This is a call to action! We need to change the direction of our future and reform education around climate change and pollution! This is what Youthtopia is all about! A movement started by Melati Wijsen to create a platform designed to bring young changemakers together and give them the tools to make a difference. Youthtopia has roots from Melati's Middle School days when, together with her sister Isabel Wijsen, set out to ban single use plastic bags in Bali. Little did they realize this was only the start of the adventure which would lead to the creation of Youthtopia. While on a mission to ban plastic bags in Bali Melati and Isabell found the biggest problem was a lack of education around the topic. Not only a lack of education for waste management, climate change, but also a lack of education on how to become a successful changemaker and how to create a movement. After successfully banning plastic bags, Melati decided to embark on a journey to change the root of what she found to be the biggest problem in today's world. Education. Today’s population might consist of over 60% adults but children are 100% of the future. This is the exact mindset you need if you are looking not just to make change but to make lasting change! Youthtopia now has a community of over 5 million people who represent 72 countries and 185 top youth leaders from around the world! They offer over 40 courses on their website around all kinds of skills and topics to learn from, everything from Public Speaking, Film Making, Permaculture to Community Building And Surviving Crises! Indosole is a huge fan of Youthtopia and Melati, we love to support and bring awareness to other change makers in the community! With that being said we want to shout out this year's YOUNITE, 17 days full of events ready to change our future! Here are the upcoming days - Day 1 - 11th November is @ COP27 !!! 5pm local time in Egypt, The Park Regency Hotel YESSSS say it louder - we are so proud to be represented at COP27. Thanks to our partners Extreme Hangouts we are able to host this gathering to kick off YOUNITE. With an incredible line up of changemakers too! Mitzi Jonelle Tan as our host and speakers Alab Mirasol, Sophia Kianni, Qiyun Woo and Lea Weimann! Livestream possible! Day 2 - 12th November on Instagram 5pm SGT on an instagram live we will be joined by Louise Mabulo, Courtney Davies and Olovan Ivan A conversation all about SOIL and how we thrive if we practice sustainable agriculture! Follow our IG: @youthtopia.world Day 3 - 13th November on our Learning Platform We’re calling day 3 "Mindfulness and Money” because we’ve got two parts to this day! The first is the release of the brand new Yoga masterclass led by Zen Lim - changemaker and circle of youth member. The second is the announcement of the mini grant winners who will be receiving $1000 each. Not bad for the first 3 days of YOUNITE 2022! Do we have your attention? Good! Stay tuned for more and make sure you keep your eyes on our learning platform: www.youthtopia.education Indosole is excite to YOUNITE and take action! Love, The Indosole team
Indosole is excited to welcome Grant into the community! At Indosole, we were lucky to become a collaboration partner with Cause Artist in 2022. We took some time to catch up with Grant Trahant, the brainchild and power behind Cause Artist! Grant is a true pioneer in sustainable culture and has been running Cause Artist for over a decade. Cause Artist is a platform where people from all walks of life come together and share ways and ideas to become more sustainable, ethical, and more conscious as consumers. Its right up our alley at Indosole! We wanted to get to know Grant on a deeper level and understand why he does what he does. We can’t wait to create more content with him and see where this collaboration takes us! In a couple of sentences who are you and what do you do? My name is Grant, I am the founder of Causeartist, a global community social entrepreneurs, builders, creators, and conscious consumers, who believe business can positively impact the world. I am also the founder of ImpactInvestor.io and ReFiJobs.com. I am also a partner at Charity Charge, the first credit card built exclusively for nonprofits. What does “sustainable” mean to you? To me it means putting real effort into what you are building and creating. Thinking about the entire lifecycle of your creation and it effects on both humans and the planet. What does “ethical” mean to you? To me, ethical means being respectful and doing things in a responsible way for humanity and the environment. What is a good human? In my opinion a good human is simply a person who stays humble, tries to help people when needed, and treats people with respect and honesty. How does it feel to be one of our good humans? That is kind for you to say, but I am still working hard everyday towards being the best human I can be. As a person with a voice and a purpose, what’s your message to our viewers? Your purchases matter, how you spend your money and time matters and has a ripple effect that can positively impact the world. No matter how small the impact you can have, do it, it will matter to someone, and perhaps more impactful, is that it will inspire you to be more creative and humble in your own life. In one word, what does the world need more of? Love In one word, what does the world need less of? Ignorance Check out his website here! Also don't forget to check his podcast episode that features indosole! Let us know who else you think we should partner up with! Love, Indosole Team
Indosole represents a lifestyle of resourceful creation. Our footwear is crafted by artisans in Indonesia using repurposed tires and natural materials. We are always looking for new materials to get creative with, new communities to get involved with and most of all ways to approach environmental ownership. We find ways where being environmentally responsible is as chill and accessible as the way you wander in the world. Indosole is proud to be partnering with Handep for our weave collection. What is Handep? Handep is a social enterprise in Central Kalimantan that works to empower women and small-scale farmers through eco-fashion products. The rapid expansion of oil palm plantations, mining, and logging has caused a rampant rate of deforestation and the degradation of indigenous and traditional values, practices and land grabbing in Central Kalimantan. Handep emerged in response to this alarming condition.It aims to create a more locally-sensitive and sustainable economic development for rural communities in Indonesia, particularly Kalimantan, by providing more locally appropriate and sustainable livelihoods for rural communities through added value creation of local forest and agricultural products. In other words, economic development does not only focus on profit generation but factors in local wisdom, cultures and traditions, potentials of local natural and human resources, and ecological aspects. How Handep Operates? Partnering with around 100 women weavers and smallholder farmers in Central Kalimantan, Handep presents weaving products integrating fashion and tradition in haute couture ways. We initially facilitated the establishment of weaving groups in several villages in Central Kalimantan, then established long-term partnership with these groups. These woven goods are then designed to be functional, and meet modern lifestyle to make them marketable at local and international market. At the heart of our business, we do fair trade with our partner weavers and farmers by giving fair prices for their rattan wicker crafts which are generally undervalued by middlemen. We also share 20% of our net profit to the partner weavers and farmers in the forms of cash, training programs and village infrastructure development. Who Handep Impacts/Supports? We started with 20 weavers (1 weaving group) in late 2018 and have now partnered with around 100 weavers and farmers in 4 villages. Where In Indonesia? Kalimantan is the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. It comprises 73% of the island's area. The non-Indonesian parts of Borneo are Brunei and East Malaysia. In Indonesia, "Kalimantan" refers to the whole island of Borneo. In 2019, the Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposed that Indonesia's capital be moved to Kalimantan. Learn more about Handep here! Please contact us for collaboration opportunities! firstname.lastname@example.org With Love, Your Indosole Team!
Indosole is excited to introduce Rosalie! Also known as sustainably_rosalie or known for her website worldchangerco.com! Rosalie’s passion and drive towards a sustainable future has always made her someone we consider a good human, so having her join the Indosole family only seemed natural. We decided to ask her some questions so that you guys have the opportunity to get to know her a little better and on a deeper level! We can’t wait to create more content with her and see where this collaboration takes us! In a couple of sentences who are you and what do you do? Hi, my name is Rosalie and the island of O'ahu is my home. I've adopted the nickname "Sustainably Rosalie'' because of my Instagram handle and the common theme of my social media and website content. What does “sustainable” mean to you? To me, something is sustainable if it takes the future into account so it can continue to happen. Instead of using resources with no plans to replenish them, it leaves resources the same or even better than before. Being sustainable is absolutely vital in order for us to continue to live life to the fullest on this planet. What does “ethical” mean to you? I believe the word "ethical" can only be used to describe a product, brand, practice, etc. that cares for the needs of people involved in it. That may sound dogmatic, but I don't mean it has to be perfect. It's simply an intention paired with action, including the well-being of others in the business plan. What is a good human? I would say a good human often loves others well. Whether that person is taking care of a neighbor or helping someone across the globe through their buying practices, they're sacrificing something of their own in order to love someone else. How does it feel to be one of our good humans? The title of a good human is worth more to me than most titles people would be striving for. The joy it gives me to be called a good human by the Indosole team brings me back to the joy I felt when I first started spreading awareness to consumers six years ago, believing if I was heard by just one person then it was an absolutely amazing day. As a person with a voice and a purpose, what’s your message to our viewers? I must say, there are a LOT of messages I want to spread, but over the years I have felt most called to one specific message. That message is to remember that even though most people affected by the clothes and accessories we buy are distant and disconnected from us, no amount of style, status or expression through fashion is worth harming those involved in making it. In one word, what does the world need more of? Acceptance In one word, what does the world need less of? ignorance! Check out her website here Let us know who else you think we should partner up with! Love, Indosole Team
New Solutions with Old Materials At Indosole, we have been primarily a footwear brand since day one. We started by picking up old tires on the side of the road and bringing them to a workshop and testing to see which ones could make the best sandal soles. Once we developed a handmade process, we took it to the next level by grinding the tires down and making molds. It's been an evolution of process in effort to streamline efficiency and output. Over the years and along the way, we have tinkered around with lots of materials that would otherwise be looked at as a pile of waste. By sifting through trash piles, we came to the realization that there are so many great materials out there that could be useful in its next life.This year, we launched our "Lost Sole" campaign which features recycled sneaker parts as soles on our new sandals. This new wave of old materials has given our brand a more vibrant color and appeal from the ground up. It has also opened up a whole new dimension for collaborations with other brands while having the ability to match any pantone color for this new recycled sneaker sole technology. Adding in home goods to the mix felt like a natural fit with our Tire Tech and now Sneaker Tech too. We have begun with coasters - as a symbol of what is possible Also, as a symbol that virgin materials do not need to be built from the ground up for basic products - They can be reused / recycled! If you have a brand, a non-profit, a corporate event, wedding, or just a huge house that you would like to dial our coasters into. Please hit us up for a fully customized Coaster set - Small Minimums and Quick turnarounds. Please contact us today for a quote and we can prepare a custom coaster for your company or event! email@example.com Check out our Indosole x Sea Sheperd Coaster Collab:
Indosole is excited to introduce our latest collaboration with Vissla! We are thrilled to have teamed up with Vissla on a special and limited edition collaboration sandal featuring our new sneaker sole technology. Vissla shares the same vision for a cleaner and greener world as Indosole and has a history of using recycled and natural materials in their clothing and boardshorts.The Indosole x Vissla sandal is truly a one of a kind piece which is now available in Vissla retail locations in the USA and Australia and online. We created a unique pair of sandals from recycled sneaker soles. Designed to maximize style while keeping the aesthetics minimal, these sandals offer a cushioned footbed with sturdy straps and toe thongs for an effortless stride. The extra grip sneaker soles are dependable for traction on any surface and will carry you forward on all your wild adventures. Each month in Indonesia, major footwear brands produce upwards of 20 million sneakers, with hundreds of thousands being discarded due to defects. Indosole’s ‘Lost Sole’ Technology recycles these lost soles and brings them to life in a comfortable, sturdy sandal that’s made responsibly and benefits the environment. Check out our other blog post to learn more about ‘Lost Sole’ Technology and the story behind it! Purchase these cool sandals HERE on the Vissla website! Vissla X Indosole sandal on display at the Pacific City Vissla Store: Huntington Beach, CA With Love, Your Indosole Team!
Happy Fathers Day to all the amazing father figures out there! Indosole's mission is to inspire people to live a more fulfilled and conscious life with every step, and there is no one more inspiring than a father. Fathers, like mothers, are pillars in the development of a child's emotional well-being. Children look to their fathers to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physical and emotional. For this exact reason parents are the most important people in our society as they shape our future through their children. Every change starts with education and knowledge and passing that information down to the next generation to raise and create change makers of the future. To all fathers (and mothers) who are raising their kids to be cautious of our environment and teaching them how to make a lasting positive change, we thank you for being the pillars of our future! Check out last year's blog to hear what all the Indosole fathers have to say! Click here for the link What is a fathers day without some good dad jokes? What kind of sandals do frogs wear? Open toad. Why can't milk wear sandals? Because they lactose! What do you call sandals with no traction? Slip Flops Winners always wear sandals After all, you shoes, you lose Hoping all the Fathers out there have a wonderful fathers day. You deserve it! With love, Indosole