This past year, we’ve made big strides in advancing Koio’s sustainable practices. We started working only with LWG-certified leathers, introduced our Koio ReCycled™ soles, and launched Koio Vintage as a way to keep gently worn Koios out of landfills. The success of these steps is inspiring us to take even bigger steps forward.

We’re committed to making Koio the first regenerative luxury footwear brand. To reach this goal, we’re working to source our leathers from regeneratively managed farms. Why does this matter? Glad you asked—we’re here to explain.

THE BASICS

Think of it this way: there are two types of farming practices—conventional (a.k.a. “monoculture”) and regenerative.

WHAT IS CONVENTIONAL FARMING?

Conventional farming involves raising a single species of livestock or growing a single type of crop on a given plot of land. Such methods are used on industrial farms—including organic ones.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CONVENTIONAL FARMING?

In order to raise a single type of crop or livestock, you need a lot of pesticides and fertilizers and a lot of water, which erodes soil and degrades its natural composition. Depleted soil loses its ability to retain carbon (its primary component), so the soil on conventional farms has actually begun releasing massive amounts of carbon back into the air we breathe. With lower levels of carbon, soil also loses its ability to foster plant and animal life. When biodiversity decreases, our ecosystems begin to fall apart.

WHAT IS REGENERATIVE FARMING?

Regenerative farming methods mirror the natural behaviors of plants and animals. So on regenerative farms, ranchers allow their livestock to graze the land just like wild herd animals—after they feed on one plot of grassland, they naturally move onto another, thus giving the first area some time to regenerate.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF REGENERATIVE FARMING?

The soil is given time to restore itself, paving the way for increased plant growth and a reduction of carbon in the atmosphere—this reduction is important, because excessively high concentrations of atmospheric carbon contribute to climate change. In this sense, regenerative farming benefits humans because it leads to a decrease of greenhouse gases, and it benefits nature because it creates a fertile environment that can foster biodiversity.

We believe that we can help promote a brighter future for the planet by sourcing Koio’s leathers from regeneratively managed farms. Eventually, we’d like to incorporate regenerative practices all throughout the business—we’ll keep you updated on our progress. We’re excited to have you with us on this journey to becoming the world’s first regenerative luxury footwear brand.