Last updated on January 13th, 2023 at 09:20 pm
Looking for eco-friendly slides and mules? Slippers for casual fun, or for cozying up at home? This post covers some of the best eco-friendly slippers to wear in the comfort of your home. Check these brands out before you head to fast fashion options (better yet, do not buy fast fashion!). We want to know that the manufacturers made these products sustainably, with ethically sourced material, and have paid their workers a fair wage.
Tall order? Well, these eco-friendly sustainable slipper brands certainly don’t think so.
- Biodegradable Slippers
- Recycled Slippers
- Organic Slippers
- Sustainable Vegan Slippers
- Ethical Sheepskin Slippers & Wool Slides
- Eco-friendly Slippers – Men's
Slippers aren’t usually topmost on the priority list of eco-friendly clothing. And, slippers are usually cheap, made from plastic or PVC foam, and pretty much a frequently purchased item due to its short lifespan.
Let’s change that.
Treat your feet well by choosing well-crafted, comfortable slippers made from sustainable materials. They last longer, and are better for the environment.
We look at some of the best eco-friendly slipper brands with certain characteristics in common: they are manufactured responsibly, made from ethically sourced materials, and are extremely well made.
Plastic is not fantastic, so if you’re looking for biodegradable slippers, then natural materials are the way to go. Look for slippers made from ethically sourced materials.
Price: From $94
Hand-crafted | fair trade | non-toxic, AZO-free dye
For those not-so-hot days, Nootkas’ wool slide slipper is a classy choice. It has a soft, felted wool upper and natural rubber sole, to promote air flow and breathability. The wool is cruelty-free wool, responsibly sourced Mongolian merino wool. The design features Zero-drop construction for better posture and joint alignment. It’s the perfect pair for a bit of easy outdoor walking – whether you’re walking your dog, or running a quick errand.
Certified B Corp | FSC certified natural rubber | carbon-neutral | ethically made
These sliders are made from sustainable sugarcane (vegan!), and come in gray, black and orange colors. They’ve been engineered with the world’s first carbon negative green EVA. The webbing strap is made from 100% recycled polyester, and finished with a bio TPU strap end.
Allbirds Sugar Sliders Review: “These are absolutely the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever worn. I get knee pain and sore in shins from wearing regular shower sandals and flip flops but this pair doesn’t get me tired even after a few hours of walking. Highly recommended!”
1 // Dooeys Blush House Sandals (Recycled Rubber)
Vegan | Recycled | Ethically made | recycled packaging | Carbon offset shipping
The sole is made from recycled rubber, the footbed from cork and recycled foam. The “leather” is apple leather, and it’s lined on the inside with organic cotton. These Dooey’s open-toed slippers are perfect for a stylish summer.
Dooey’s Blush House Sandals Review: “These were a gift and I could not be any happier with them . I normally wear a 8 1/2 and these are a size 9 and perfect fit for me . They are so comfy and yet still give support . I have 2 other of the original style and am so happy to add these to my house shoe collection . I highly recommend dooeys !!!”
Handmade | small business
They’re not completely recycled, but they do make a huge effort to “ mix the new with reclaimed,” and their eco-friendly merino wool slippers are the cutest ever!
These sustainable wool slippers are handmade from materials including repurposed sheep’s fur lining and reclaimed leather soles, along with merino wool.
Muffle-Up Repurposed Slippers Review: “These are genuinely the best slippers I’ve ever owned. I have Raynaud’s which hurts terribly, and my toes turn blue and cold and it’s miserable. These are the first slippers to actually warm my feet back up and keep them toasty without overheating them too so I can keep them on for much longer! I love them, they are super cute, comfy, and the color is absolutely stunning! The sizing is also spot on! They would definitely make a great gift as well!”
Cruelty-free | responsibly made | waterproof
So, there is a massive tire waste problem, and tires do not decompose. Just think about how many cars have been in existence and multiply that by four to get to the minimum number of tires out there. Indosole wants to make a tiny dent in this problem, by using recycled tires as the raw materials for their shoes and slippers.
Indosole has a signature recycled tire sole technology that they incorporate into all their products. This pair of flip flops have recycled tire soles, a contoured natural rubber footbed, and nylon toe thong. Importantly, the items are made “without animals or the use of fuel powered machinery.”
Indosole Slippers Review: “I love to support Indosole. You are doing everything I believe in – reusing old tires, hiring in the community and supporting the workers and community, and making comfortable shoes. I really loved the canvas shoes and I miss them. I haven’t been able to wear flip flops since I sprained my ankle and chipped the bone. But I’m trying again. When I first found Indosole, I had just come from Bali and Singapore and I found you at the Earthday Festival in 2011. So I was thrilled. I will continue to love and support Indosole whenever I can. I love the way the flip flops look and I think they will be just right after I break them in.”
4 // Recycled Plastic Slippers
All the plastic in the world has to go somewhere. Instead of letting plastic cause harm in the landfills, these brands have decided to recycle plastic and make slippers out of that.
Brands such as Mahabis have their own recycling program, so look for that as well!
Non toxic slippers are important, especially if you’re allergic to commonly present toxins.
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified | ethically made
Parachute’s slippers are made from OEKO-TEX certified cotton. These cozy, cozy terry slippers will make you stop work and start resting. Holiday mode activated!
Parachute Organic Cotton Slippers Review: “These are very comfortable and cozy for cooler weather. I had a hard time finding cotton slippers without any fur or fleece lining which make my feet too hot. These have good support and are a treat to slip into on cold mornings and at the end of the day.”
recycled materials | ethically made | eco-friendly packaging | vegan-friendly
This slipper is almost a sock, and best for wearing at home in sheer comfort. This pair is made from breathable organic cotton and renewable bamboo, comes in a pretty print, and is neatly tied together with a bow.
Handmade | organically grown hemp | sweatshop-free
This cute, Roman sandals-style of footwear is made from vegan leather, certified organic hemp, and natural rubber. The materials are unbleached and dye-free, or colored using biodegradable fiber-reactive eco-dye. The sandals are handcrafted by longterm shoe artisans in Europe.
Rawganique Boardwalk Organic Hemp Sandals Review: “Love love love the look of these handmade hemp sandals. They are very comfortable too. It’s amazing that there are made from hemp. The ties are great and fashionable. So many different way to lace them up. The natural rubber sole is perfection. Thank you for taking sustainability to the next level.”
Latvian merino wool | responsibly sourced | handmade
Wool is an amazing material. It can regulate temperature, making the slippers breathable in summer, and insulating in winter. It does not result in overheating and clammy feet. It’s naturally antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.
Plus, by buying from this Etsy brand, you will be supporting a small business.
Live Wool Organic Wool Slippers Review: “Exactly what I was searching for! Perfect fit, comfortable, easy to clean, silent while walking through the house, beautiful, natural, warm without being too warm! They were worth the wait for shipping to the US! Love love love!”
Sustainable Vegan Slippers
Here are a few of the best vegan slippers out there!
1 // Birdies The Robin
Certified B Corp | women-founded business | recycled outsoles
Looking for “cloud-like comfort” with vegan credentials? The Robin has pewter faux fur, style and comfort. This classic sandal is a seasonal product, so hurry up!
Birdies The Robin Review: “Omg! I love! At 1st I wasn’t sure if I would love the hard sole, but let me tell you… I should have known better than to have doubted Birdies and their comfort! Please Birdies make more vegan options!!! And please bring this style back”
GOTS certified | 100% organic cotton
Inspired by the Japanese Uwabaki house slippers, these washable indoor slip-ons are designed for comfort. The pair is made with organic materials, and is completely vegan.
Coyuchi Organic Room Shoes Review: “These slippers are like a little foot massage. They’re so soft, very roomy, and I love that there’s no glue or plastic or foam. They are heavenly!”
PETA-approved vegan | ethically sourced materials
These slides are made from recycled cotton upper, recycled PET bottle mesh lining, and recyclable EVA material footbed that’s covered with recycled cotton fabric. Phew! Plus, it’s certified vegan!
Greensole Review: “I was intrigued with overall motive behind Greensole. The fact that they make eco-friendly vegan footwear and at the same time they provide slippers to the children in need. I couldn’t help but buy a pair of slippers for myself and I am absolutely in love with them.”
GOTS Certified | circular model | recycling program
These slippers are handmade in Spain with locally sourced organic as well as recycled materials (making it a circular design system). The inside is lined with organic cotton, keeping your feet warm, while also allowing for flexibility. You can send your slippers back to Vesica Piscis when you’re done using them, as part of their recycling program.
Ethical Sheepskin Slippers & Wool Slides
Can sheepskin be ethical? Sheepskin comes from sheep that has already been slaughtered for meat (and is a by-product of the meat industry). But we know the meat industry is filled with horrible treatment of living, sentient animals. Were the sheep treated ethically and humanely during their lifetime? These brands say the sheepskin is obtained from ethical sources.
Family business | sheepskin experts |
This slip-on style sheepskin mules slipper comes in many lovely colors, and is made from suede upper with real sheepskin lining and insole. The sole is made from rubber.
Lilly Women’s Sheepskin Mule Slippers Review: “These are the best slippers I have ever had. I bought a pair for my daughter three or four years ago and I was so impressed as to how new they still looked and how fluffy and warm, that I asked for a pair myself this Christmas. \ My pair that I received from my son are beautiful, they hug your feet, they are warm, snug and so comfortable. \ They are more expensive, but British made and worth every penny.”
climate-neutral certified | low-impact dyes | artisan-made
Made in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, these no-slip wool slides are for those who’d rather not display their toes, even in the Summer. The molded arches and ethically sourced wool make for a great pair of slides. And they come in loads of lovely colors. However, Kyrgies strongly recommend this pair be used indoors only. So…perfect for winter?
Kyrgies Women’s Wool Slides Review: “Overall, I’m very pleased with my purchase. I wear them daily. We have brick floors and they are very comfortable. They are a tad big, but I got some of the inserts to help if/when they stretch out.”
3 // Baabuk Wool Slippers
Certified B Corp | family business | ethically made | responsibly sourced mulesing-free wool
These cozy slippers have been designed in Switzerland, and made in Nepal from wool from mulesing-free New Zealand sheep. The rubber soles are made from natural crepe, while the inner sole is made of natural wool and cotton.
Baabuk Wool Slippers Review: “I love everything about Baabuk— their Corporation B status, their comfy slippers. Their great Christmas cards! I am on my second pair of slippers (Duck blue for fun) and have given Slippers and Sky Woolers to all my adult children. Thank you to the sheep, the weavers, and Baabuk!“
Women-owned | made-to-order | ethical sourcing
This Welsh brand is an overachiever on our list: they use ethical sheepskin, vegetable-tanned leather for the heels, and 60% recycled material for the soles. Organic hemp is used to bind everything together. The thread used to stitch everything together is made from plastic-recycled bottles.
So, it’s mostly biodegradable, with recycled materials, and is made in small batches, which means less environmental impact. And the workmanship is excellent by all accounts. Brilliant!
Xanthe Anna Sheepskin Slippers Review: “Beautiful product and great customer service! I bought this pair of handmade slippers from the internet and it was a great experience. My initial question was answered immediately and placing this overseas order was very easy. The slippers came as expected and I love the product! Well designed, beautiful workmanship! Thank you!”
Eco-friendly Slippers – Men’s
Obviously, there are some awesome eco-friendly options for men, as well! Let’s start with these:
1 // Tengries Walkabouts | $99
2 // Freewaters | $42
3 // Giesswein | From $69
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