NYCxDesign 2015: Undo Laces
Ingeniously designed replacement shoelaces that come with a pledge to offset the carbon emissions of creating a pair of shoes were launched in May at NYCxDesign by Undo Labs, a design and innovation studio based in New York and Istanbul.
Undo Labs' first product feeds into the studio's wider mission to reduce the environmental impact of man-made products.
The design team were inspired to create Undo Laces after researching the high environmental cost of shoe manufacturing. A purchase of a pair of Undo shoelaces is aligned with the purchase of carbon offset credits equal to the value of the average environmental footprint of manufacturing a pair of shoes (approx. 30 pounds of carbon dioxide). These credits contribute to projects such as renewable energy and forestation.
The shoelaces are available in a range of colours and materials, and feature specially designed metal aglets that clip together to form a loop – a reference to the closed loop sustainable design movement. This unusual feature also enables the laces to be easily swopped by clipping the old lace to its replacement and pulling the cord through.
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