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I Found the Perfect Pair of Eco-Friendly, Artisan-Made Wool Slippers.

We are fortunate to be published again and so happy that our ethical wool slippers are being recognized as an example of sustainability  in this still negative fashion industry.

This time from Brooklyn NY, Alden Wicker  behind Eco Cult, a sustainable and eco-friendly Lifestyle blog, shared her opinion about our social and positive impact wool slippers…

I love my apartment for many, many reasons. One of them is that the temperature drops at night in the winter.

My dude complains about it, and I just ignore him. A good home should be just slightly chilly at night, around 65 degrees. I guess I came to this view because my grandmother would always set the thermostat down at night before going to bed, then pop it back up on her way to making me a huge spread of pancakes and bacon for breakfast. A chilly home for my grandparents was a money-saving device, a practical necessity for people who grew up in the Depression. Of course, setting the thermostat down at night is also good for the environment, because you use less energy heating the house while you are tucked under the covers. Even though I have little control over the temperature of my apartment, since it is heated with radiators attached to the building’s boiler, it brings me a soulful comfort to dive under the covers to escape the chill.

But this cozy picture wouldn’t be complete without a pair of house slippers that I can put on when I get out of bed before I head to the kitchen to make some hot green tea. And now I’m so excited to have the perfect morning slippers: Chilote House Slippers.

These slippers are hygge personified, modest, cozy, and well made. Composed simply of locally sourced upcycled salmon skin leather and natural Patagonia sheep’s wool, they are handmade by independent female artisans in Patagonia through a co-op system, so that the artisans aren’t forced to work in a factory. Each pair comes rolled up in an eco-friendly, reusable shipping tube, no plastic included, with additional wool thread and salmon skin for personalizing or repairing them, and a QR code so you can learn more about the artisan group that made them.

I’ve been slipping them on every morning, and if I’m working from home, I forget to take them off! I love the way the thick wool pattern feels against the bottom of my feet, and the salmon skin makes them non-slip. They are already plenty comfortable already, but eventually they should break in further and conform to the shape of my feet. I also love how packable they are – if you’re taking a weekend to ski or stay at a friend’s cabin, you can bring these to make your stay more comfortable.

You know I very rarely say anything is a must-have. But every lady who lives outside the equator needs a good pair of slippers. Delicious slippers that are sustainable made plus support vulnerable female artisans? Yeah, that’s definitely a must-have.

You can read the all post on this link!

Chilote: Handcrafted Wool Slippers.

We love to share whenever ethical bloggers talk about us. This time from Canada, Sutton and Grove posted a very cool impression about our ethical wool slippers Chilote House Shoes.

…”My feet are always cold even in the middle of the summer, it’s incredible. They often feel like I’m walking around on icicles so naturally I was super excited to slip on a pair of these soft slipper booties when I got them.  I couldn’t help but snuggle up on the couch with a blanket, a cup of warm tea and settle in for some Netflix.

Chilote slippers are created in Patagonia which is a rural area in Chile. Hand-knitted by local artisan women these slippers are created with care and excellence. Chilote does not own a factory in Patagonia, each pair of slippers are hand crafted independently through an ethical network of production. Chilote connects with local artisan leaders, who earn up to 43% more by partnering with Chilote Wool Slippers.

Chilote founders Francisca Apparcel and Stiven Kerestegian are Denmark-based and have formed direct and meaningful relationships with Patagonian artisans. They proudly state that these relationships are the best part of their job and believe it is the secret to their success.

With each purchase of Chilote Slippers, you empower these independent women and help sustain their culture, heritage, and independence. Being someone that loves to travel and experience different cultures, I just love the fact that Chilote slippers are promoting Patagonian culture by giving their unique design and craft a platform for success. If you’re a curious one like me and you want to know what area of Patagonia your slippers were made then Chilote has included a QR code link providing the local artisan group who made your pair of slippers.

These beautiful slippers are sustainable made, 100% hand crafted and are produced with only two types of materials which are found locally: natural sheep wool and up-cycled salmon leather.

The slippers feature a salmon leather strap at the back near the heel which helps when pulling them on and off. They fit like a glove and with time, conform to the shape of your foot making for an even comfier experience. The packaging is very creative using a rustic tube that contains information on where and how they were made along with a bit of extra wool to serve as a repair kit in case the slippers get snagged”…

We invite you to read the all post here.

Keepin’ cosy with Chilote Shoes

Jessica Perkins from English Lass in LA just share her opinion about our wool slippers Chilote Feet.

Along the lines of my recent posts highlighting ethical brands that I love, in this post I’m pleased to introduce Chilote Shoes, which makes outlandishly cosy (and sustainable) wool slippers.  I’m sitting in a drafty hotel lobby in Vail, Colorado typing this blog entry and wearing them right now.

My last pair of slippers fell apart over Christmas, giving me the perfect opportunity to try out Chilote Feet.  Living in LA, I don’t need a big pair of slippers in the UGG boot style.  However, when I’m studying at home all day, I do get a bit chilly and like to layer up.  These slippers are well-insulated and provide good ventilation so my feet are warm but can still “breathe.”

One of the things I like about Chilote Shoes is that each pair is made sustainably from 100% natural Patagonian sheep’s wool.  The wool for each slipper is hand spun which is then hand knit by independent artisans through an ethical production co-op system.  The creation of these slippers helps sustain a unique craft and culture and allows woman living in vulnerable situations and remote areas a means of income.

Another thing I like about these slippers, is that each pair includes a unique QR code containing the geo-location for the artisan who made the shoes.  I love when companies share information like this, kind of like a jeweler leaving their personal hallmark.  There are 50 different women that make Chilote Shoes; they live in four different locations in Patagonia: Frutillar, Calcurrupe, Osorno and Puerto Varas.  My slippers are from Osorno.

As well as the slippers, I’ve been rocking, Chilote also offers a house shoe and the cutest booties (called Chilote Baby), for the little ones. The house shoe is slighting more robust with a durable salmon-leather sole.  The leather is locally sourced and upcycled from discarded fish skin by the fishing industry.

Finally, the materials are environmentally friendly and preserve the life of the product. Chilote styles come with extra wool to either personalise your shoes or mend them to preserve their life. Both of the materials used are locally and naturally sourced which means all of their shoes can be composted and this keeps their carbon footprint down.

See the all post on English Lass in LA

 

Gorgeous positive impact wool slippers.

Project Pangaia, has written an interesting post about our positive impact project…

Chilote Shoes is an unstoppable brand that 100% embodies the philosophy of Factory-Free and Slow-Made methods. Founded in Chile’s Patagonia the mission behind Chilote Shoes is to provide responsible products for consumers, such as the ethical wool slippers created by artisans in Patagonia, in order to empower indigenous communities to preserve their unique culture and community.

“The main inspiration for this product was the local social and a material resource available in the Chilean Patagonia. We could not have designed this product in a studio in any major city as the discoveries and opportunities identified a direct result of our interaction and relationship with the local culture, communities, and industry.”

“As Co-Founders, initially, we did not set out to develop a line of sustainable footwear, far from it. Francisca and I (Stiven) met while working on related social design projects in the small town of Puerto Varas, known as the gateway to the Chilean Patagonia. At the time, we had both identified the growing adverse effects of globalization in the local community. Together we developed a strong interest to further understand these social implications and decided to act. After many iterations and unsuccessful experiments, Chilote Shoes was born.

Our intention is to leverage the power of creative problem solving, often described as “design thinking,” to make a positive impact for people and the planet. In practical terms, this means enabling more inclusive and responsible ways to co-create mutual value through business.”

Chilote Shoes are gorgeous positive impact wool slippers, handmade in Patagonia through a coop system of ethical production.

There is no factory and therefore, each pair is made “slow” with care and pride by independent artisan women doing what they know and love: knitting.

“The slippers were co-created with the local community to empower and sustain a unique culture and craft. They are harnessing the history and heritage of the artisan women in Patagonia to not only provide a fair wage system of creating an income but also to tell their story. Chilote also prides themselves on their partnership with the artisans and their craft in Patagonia. They work independently, orchestrating their local network and production, which is an integral part of the high-quality standards of their products.”

“What is even more exciting is that when you purchase Chilote Shoes, you connect directly with the woman who made them through the QR codes. The product codes link to the artisan group you are supporting who crafted your unique pair showing their geo-location in Patagonia.

Chilote Shoes is providing women with something beautiful, the opportunity to champion ethical working environments and gain access to fair wages, community, and a future.”

Read the original article at https://projectpangaia.com/2017/01/31/chilote-shoes/

Empowering Women Artisans In Patagonia Through Design And Sustainability

We would like to share an interview about the Chilote Shoes founders by Conscious Magazine:

Through the founding of fashion forward enterprise, Chilote Shoes, Francisca Appacel and Stiven Kerestegian are transforming the lives of artisan women while keeping their vibrant heritage alive in Patagonia. The Conscious team had the privilege of interviewing the Denmark-based Founders, to learn about their inspiration, ‘made slow’ philosophy, and how they are part of an emerging class of designers that are building unique brands of sustainability and empowerment.

Read the interview on Conscious Magazine