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 11 Eco Friendly & Ethical Slippers For The Eco-zy Minded


If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re currently dealing with dropping temperatures and the need to keep toes toasty. 

This leads us down yet another ethical shoe brand rabbit hole in search of eco friendly and ethical slippers. 

We started out by asking, where can you buy sustainable slippers

With infinite unsustainable options and greenwashing, this search can be a rather slipper-y slope. More on that at the bottom.

Fortunately, the following ethical and environmentally friendly slippers have us feeling a little cozier about snuggling next to the fire with our favorite fair trade blanket.

At the tippy-top (or should we say tippy-toe?) of our list is Allbirds, for their slippers made of recycled wool, recycled polyester and natural rubber. 

The ethical felt slippers by Nootkas keep toes warm with cruelty-free materials and fair trade manufacturing.

And we love Allkind’s eco friendly vegan slippers made from organic cotton and recycled materials. 

Before we shuffle onward, excuse us while we SLIP into something a little more sustainable.

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1. NOOTKAS

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About Nootkas Eco Friendly Indoor Slippers for Men and Women

Nootkas finds joy in the simple things—and what footwear better represents that than sustainable wool-lined slippers?!

Nootkas and natural fibers go together like the best sustainable slippers and organic cotton pajamas.

They offer either slides or slip-on felted wool house slippers and shoes for men and women.

If you want to go extra sustainable, the Astoria slipper is entirely biodegradable!

Nootkas’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

The slippers are made with cruelty-free New Zealand and Mongolian merino wool, along with a soft, vegetable-tanned suede outsole that isn’t recommended for outdoor use. We’ll reach out about the sourcing and processing of this suede.

However, they are working with a supplier to offer a vegan leather outsole option at some point in the future. Stay tuned!

The house shoes utilize cruelty-free Mongolian wool and a blend of select local wools. The outdoor-ready outsole is made of natural rubber.

Both come in a few color options, including 100% natural, uncolored, dye-free wool. If you want colors like Indigo or Bordeaux, those come by way of non-toxic, azo-free dyes. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Nootkas wool is sourced from either New Zealand (where mulesing has been banned), or Mongolian nomadic sheepherders, whose livelihoods depend on the wool industry. 

Dyes are sourced in Switzerland, the natural rubber from Siberia, and the suede from India.

They partner with Fair Trade Certified facilities in Nepal and Mongolia, specifically providing living wages and employment opportunities in regions where they’re few and far between.

Green business practices:

The wool is cleaned with gentle soap and sundried, keeping it as natural as possible and its environmental impact minimal.

Finished Nootkas feature reinforced stitching for long-lasting wear. The fine and coarse fibers of the sustainable wool slippers are blended, locking together for greater durability.

Just about all of their packaging is plastic-free, the only exceptions being when otherwise required by either Amazon or USPS for exterior protection.

Available: Nootkas

2. ALLBIRDS

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About Allbirds’ Wool Loungers & Wool Dwellers

Allbirds is one of the best ethical sneaker and sustainable running shoe brands to date (we each own a pair).  

Once the workout is over, slip into either their Wool or Tree Loungers, which come in a variety of muted colors and have flexible soles so they can be worn inside and outside.

For inside comfort and ethical warm slippers, check out the Wool Loungers Fluffs and their new Wool Dweller slides, both of which look like clouds for your feet.

Allbirds’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

The vegan slipper Tree Loungers feature TENCEL Lyocell uppers made from FSC-certified eucalyptus trees, along with EVA outsoles.

The Wool Loungers swap lyocell fabric for 17.5 microns superfine ZQ Merino wool. 

These outsoles are made of Proforest-certified Brazilian sugarcane SweetFoam, the world’s first carbon-negative EVA. All byproducts go toward powering the mill and fertilizing future crops.

Both also have cushioning midsoles made of mostly castor bean oil rather than pure EVA.

Their other ethical wool slippers, the Dwellers, reuse wool scraps (60%) and blend them with 40% GRS-certified recycled polyester. The outsoles are FSC-certified natural rubber.

Please note none of these are vegan slippers, as even the Tree Loungers have odor-resistant  Merino wool insoles.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Aside from being assembled in WRAP-certified factories of South Korea, Vietnam, and China, this certified B-Corp sources from only the best.

The merino wool comes from fairly treated sheep in New Zealand, before it is spun into fiber at Europe’s only European Commission certified sustainable wool mill in Milan, Italy.

The lyocell is from FSC-certified and rainfall-fed South African eucalyptus farms that take 95% less water to grow.

Green business practices: 

Allbirds is 100% certified Carbon Neutral

Nothing goes to waste with them. “Every box deserves a second chance”, so you’ll receive your ethical slippers in 100% recycled cardboard packaging.

The Loungers are extra green because they look stylish enough to be worn anywhere. A necessary addition to your minimalist wardrobe, perhaps?

Community & charitable giving: 

Allbirds donates lightly used, returned shoes to communities in need through Soles4Souls.

Available: Allbirds

3. BAABUK

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About Baabuk’s Sustainable Wool Slippers

Family-owned Baabuk was inspired by a gift of felted Russian Valenkis, when founders Galina and Dan realized they were the most comfortable things they had ever worn. 

Their first creations attempting to replicate these “looked more like a sheep that had wandered through a car wash”.  

Now, these ISPO Gold award-winning wool shoes and slippers are available all over the world. 

Choose between easy-on backless slides or high-top designs.

Baabuk’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Both the uppers and insoles are from sustainably felted natural New Zealand ethical wool.

Because the wool comes from New Zealand, where mulesing is outlawed, we know the sheep are shorn kindly.

The outsoles of these eco friendly slippers are natural latex rubber attached with eco friendly glues and finished with hand-stitching for long-lasting wear.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Baabuk produces everything by hand in their scratch-built workshop in Nepal where workers receive good working conditions and a 25% higher salary than the national average.

Since job opportunities in Nepal favor men, Baabuk employs mostly women.

Their other wool shoes are made in Portugal using Portuguese mulesing-free sheep wool (raised in a protection park in the country),

They’ve been a Certified B Corporation since 2016, and their current score of 89.6 is almost 40 points above the median for businesses of their class.

Green business practices:

The wool used by Baabuk is washed with recycled water so the soap doesn’t pollute local rivers. Soap and water are the only things used to process the wool.

To keep your slippers, slip-sliding for longer, they offer a repair kit.

Community & charitable giving:

Through the Miss Baabuka project, Baabuk partners with the Swiss organization ProSpecieRara to work toward the conservation and expansion of six rare sheep breed populations.

Available: Baabuk

4. ALLKIND

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About Allkind’s Sustainable Canvas Slippers

London-based Allkind is all about non-animal footwear and all of their products are 100% vegan. 

That’s why they make vegan wool slippers that are reminiscent of UGGs (without the UGG-ly side of animal skin).

They have several different styles of shoes, but as of now just a single, cozy-looking pair of women’s slippers (though we reckon they could easily be unisex, too).

Allkind’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Allkind uses 100% organic cotton for the sherpa fleece trim and lining, combining it with recycled plastic bottle polyester and/or non-GMO corn bio-oil vegan suede for the upper.

The soles are made with 100% recycled material. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

The slippers, like all other products, are designed in Britain before being ethically handcrafted in Spain in a 100% sweatshop-free and fair trade environment. 

Everyone is treated with respect and paid fairly by this Sedex member.

Green business practices:

Allkind is a carbon-negative business—and has been since day one! They partner with Ecologi to offset their emissions by supporting renewable energy, rainforest protection, and tree planting projects.

Their business cards and shoe boxes are made from recycled t-shirts.

How’s that for a creative idea for what to do with old clothes?!

Community & charitable giving:

5% of their profits get donated annually to recipients like PETA and The Rainforest Trust.

Available: Urban Kissed

5. KYRGIES

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About Kyrgies Ethical Felt Slippers 

Another maker of sustainable wool slippers, Virginia-based Kyrgies has slippers for men and women, and sustainable slippers for children.

All come in beautifully bright, solid colors.

Some styles are for exclusive indoor use, but most are great for indoor/outdoor wearability (just note they aren’t waterproof).

Kyrgies’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Kyrgies uses mostly felted wool, but the indoor slippers also have a synthetic fabric felt sole with silicone grips. 

Other slippers, like the Tengries and Kyrgies Naturals, have a bit of elastic blended into the fabric and natural leather soles (tanned without chrome and chromium) for durability.

You can purchase additional insoles made via  “nuno-felting”, which gives the wool substantial shape and support capability.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Kyrgie’s slippers start with the free-range, carefully tended sheep of Kyrgyzstan, where people believe treating sheep respectfully brings good luck.

These sheep are sheared only in summer, so they have plenty of warmth through the cold winters. 

From there, the wool is felted or carded into slippers in a factory in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan via traditional craftsmanship

These factories employ mostly women to give gainful employment opportunities in communities where these are few and far between.  

Green business practices:

Their felted wool is washed only in natural soap and dyed using low-impact dyes.

As of 2021, Kyrgies is Climate Neutral Certified.

Community & charitable giving: 

Kyrgies joined 1% for the Planet in 2017, the same year they opened. Their long-standing giving partner is One Tree Planted.

Available: Etsy

6. AURA QUE

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About Aura Que

Aura Que brings together the design expertise of Laura Queening and artisan talent from small producer groups in Vietnam and Nepal. 

While their mens and womens eco friendly winter slippers will keep your toes toasty, it’s how they’re made that will warm your heart. 

With two styles (slip-on and ankle-high boots) and several different colors, any pair of feet will be happy in some Aura Que fair trade slippers.

Aura Que’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

All slippers are made of 100% hand-felted raw sheep wool uppers, inside sole padding, and buffalo leather suede soles. 

Only azo-free dyes are used. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

The buffalo suede is sourced from a small family tannery in Kolkata, India. Their chemicals are contained and reprocessed in an on-site water treatment facility. 

We will, however, be asking about how the hides are initially sourced.

The hand-felting takes place in a women’s cooperative in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. They  receive free training, an education allowance for their children, flexible working hours, and regular pay increases.

All producer groups are World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) certified. 

Aura Que also works to employ people facing disadvantages, discrimination, or disability. 

Green business practices:

The wool is sourced sustainably, soaked in soapy water, dyed, hand-felted, and dried in the sun or a solar-powered shed. 

All water used in the felting process is recycled.

Available: Etsy

7. DOOEYS

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About Dooeys’ Sustainable House Slippers

Dooeys’ main focus is crafting comfy house shoes. Oh, and making sure they’re stylish!

The woman-owned company makes womens slippers sustainable and does so in two main styles: loafers and mules. 

Did we mention they’re also 100% vegan?

Dooeys’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

From big toe to pinky toe, the materials are 100% either plant-based or recycled. 

These include vegan leather from apple scraps (upper), recycled polyester vegan suede (upper), recycled plastic bottles (lining), cork (insole), sugarcane (outsole), and coconut fiber husk (footbed).

The materials come together to form a lightweight, arch-supported shoe that can be worn outside the house, too.

Supply chain & labor practices:

The Dooeys design stage happens in Amsterdam before the slippers are ethically made in Portugal (a mecca for well-made footwear). 

Green business practices:

The eco friendly vegan slippers are made in small batches before being shipped (carbon offset, of course!) in recycled packaging.

Available: Made Trade

8. CHILOTE

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About Chilote’s Ethical House Slippers

For “warm feet, happy soul”, check out the adorably earthy Chilote house shoes. 

Choose from between baby slippers and three unisex adult slipper styles: salmon leather slippers, organic leather and wool slippers, and raw wool slippers.

These loose cable-knit wool slippers scream, “Netflix and chill (the planet)”. So start planning that environmental film marathon!

Chilote’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Chilote’s most sustainable slippers are their raw wool slippers, which are made with nothing more than raw Patagonian sheep wool.  

Both other designs have leather soles, which strive to be as sustainable as leather can be. 

Their salmon leather slippers have soles made of upcycled vegetable salmon leather, made from fishing industry byproduct salmon skin.  

The organic leather designs feature saddle leather soles organically tanned using vegetables.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Everything is slow-crafted by hand using locally sourced wool.

This is done by an independent co-op of over 50 female artisans in Patagonia that gives women the freedom to work wherever and however they want (even from home!). They are paid 43% more than even the region’s average fair wage. 

Scan the QR code on the tag to learn exactly #WhoMadeYourSlippers.

Green business practices: 

That QR code can also be used to request a repair kit of extra wool thread and salmon skin.

B-Corp certified and Climate Positive, Chilote offsets its footprint through EcoSphere by supporting Peru’s Cordillera Azul National Park.

Shipping materials are simply plastic-free, reusable tubes.

Available: Made Trade

9. MUFFLE-UP!

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About Muffle-Up! Knit Slipper Booties

Canadian company Muffle-Up! makes eco friendly house slippers that look more like giant eco friendly socks than anything (with a longer-lasting bottom). 

Choose from a variety of funky colors and styles, including ankle-high slippers, demi boots, and mid-calf boots. 

Aside from their unisex sustainable, shearling-lined slippers for adults, they make adorable eco friendly baby booties and toddler slippers, too.

Muffle-Up!’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

These plush booties feature non-itch (or itch-free) Merino wool yarn, shearling lining (up-cycled from vintage fur coats), and reclaimed leather non-slip soles.

Prioritizing repurposed materials helps them remain “respectful of our use of animal products”. 

To compost, remove the leather soles because leather (while natural) does not biodegrade fast enough to be considered compostable.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Based in Perth, Ontario, every pair of slippers is handmade in Canada on unceded traditional Algonquin territory. 

The Merino wool is ethically sourced from Australia.

Green business practices: 

In their studio, they maintain a zero waste policy, meaning that any fabric scraps get reused in production or are donated to community art projects.

Available: Etsy

10. FREEWATERS

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About FreeWaters Eco Friendly Vegan Slippers

San Francisco-based FreeWaters initiated their first charitable water project before the company even put any shoes on sale. That’s how much they believed in the idea. 

After beginning to hand dig wells in Kenya in 2011, they launched their ethical sandal line—and have since expanded to include slippers.

Their eco friendly mens slippers offer a choice of several “Jeffrey” or “Kai” styles and for women, “Chloe” and “Kassie” styles.

The most unique part of these slippers is their arch support, making them great eco friendly camp slippers to go with your sustainable outdoor clothing.

FreeWaters’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

FreeWaters is not a totally vegan shoe company (but they do use only LWG Gold-certified leather for some of their shoes). 

However, their slippers are animal-free. The vegan faux wool and faux leather utilize recycled synthetics that are PVC and formaldehyde-free.

The Happy Arch insoles contain 10-15% recycled EVA foam, sourced from post-production waste in their factory. The outsoles are 30% recycled rubber. 

Everything comes together using low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) water-based glues, and, in the case of the Kassie and Kai designs, waterless E-Dye® that requires 75% less water, fewer chemicals, and fewer CO2 emissions.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The shoes are made in Vietnam using “socially responsible manufacturing”. We’ll reach out to find out more about what that means and where they source materials from.

Green business practices: 

Determined to make “the cleanest and most neutral footprint”, their sandal footprint is less than half of other companies, and by 2022 they hope to be carbon neutral.

Each slipper is backed by a 1-year warranty.

For packaging, they use recycled/recyclable materials.

Community & charitable giving: 

FreeWaters’ purpose is to provide clean, safe drinking water for communities in Kenya, Haiti, and the Philippines by partnering with various grassroots organizations. 1% of every sale goes toward this end. 

So far, they’ve supported more than 22,636 people with 86 completed projects.

Available: FreeWaters

11. TOAST

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About TOAST’s Ethical At Home Slippers

Toast has been charring the white-bread world of fast fashion for over 20 years.

They started by designing ethical pajamas in a small farmhouse in Wales but now sell just about everything, from fair trade sweaters to sustainable mens clothing.

Their sustainable slippers for women come in a couple of styles: felted wool slippers and charentaise slippers. 

TOAST’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The V-front felted wool slippers, the upper is natural wool while the outsole is suede leather, sourced as a byproduct of the food industry and hand-stitched together rather than being glued.

The Babbi Charentaise Slippers pair a vegetable-tanned and ethically-sourced sheepskin with a natural rubber sole.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

From the design studios in London and Swansea, TOAST’s slipper production happens across the globe.

The felted wool slippers are made by a Nepalese co-op that uses hand-sewing and follows fair-trade principles.

The charentaise slippers are handmade in Portugal.

Toast works with “reputable spinners” who source their wool from the UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, China, and South America. They have a zero tolerance policy for animal cruelty.

All suppliers adhere to their Code of Conduct.

Green business practices: 

As a brand, they believe we should repair rather than replace, and offer free in-shop repair services and host workshops on the Japanese Sashiko method of fabric repair.

They further minimize company waste through donating fabric scraps, careful use of raw materials, and composting).

On top of that, they utilize naturally generated electricity when possible, dry their felted wool on rooftops naturally in the sun, and reduce office use of air conditioning. 

Community & charitable giving: 

TOAST’s goal is to foster artistic development, not just through their Nepalese production co-ops, but in local communities, too.  

They host a three-day Creative Residency retreat every year as well as monthly talks and shorter workshops on anything from vegetable dying to block printing.

Available: TOAST

WHY BUY SUSTAINABLE SLIPPERS?

We’ve tried on and stomped around in ethical heels and ethical boots, all the while finding out exactly how wasteful and problematic the footwear industry really is.

About 300 million pairs of shoes get thrown away every year—and that’s just in the US!

That’s not even considering the waste created from buying those shoes. Like the fact that some soles might take more than 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill.

From a consumer perspective alone, think about the shipping box, shoe box inside, tissue paper, poly bags, cardboard shape holders, and all the other bits and bobs that come with your shoes. 

What do most people do with them? Maybe some recycle, but most end up in the trash.

While perhaps seemingly harmless, slippers are just another component of this incredibly wasteful subsection of the fashion industry.  

Most slippers are cheap, made with PVC-based foam that flattens after just one wear. This means shorter lifespans than other footwear.

Leather slippers are some of the worst offenders for a variety of reasons, including:

  • They either support the greenhouse gas belching livestock industry or worse, don’t come from meat industry byproducts, needlessly killing over 1 billion animals a year.
  • Leather is processed via a chemical tanning process (up to 250 chemicals are used!), which is incredibly dangerous both for the environment and for the workers in charge of performing the task.
  • Even if it’s natural, leather takes hundreds of years to break down

Wool is another common material used in slippers, and while the list above demonstrates that there are ethical ways to use wool, there are equally as many ways it can be done improperly.  

It’s easy for companies to pull the wool over our eyes and just claim the wool is ethical, without any evidence to say it actually is.


HOW WE FOUND THESE SUSTAINABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SLIPPERS

You might now be wondering how we differentiated between legit brands and brands that are really just a wolf in Merino clothing. 

As with all our fashion brand guides, we used our sustainable and ethical fashion criteria, personally developed by us after extensive research:

Materials: 

As low impact as possible, ideally occurring naturally in nature and organically processed so they can fully biodegrade to compost in the end. 

Sustainable fabrics such as lyocell, organic cotton, hemp fabric, jute, bamboo fabric and linen always have a leg (or foot?) up in our book. That’s why we often prioritize vegan shoe brands.

But wool uppers still dominate the slipper sphere, so how can we make sure it’s ethical wool?

Sheep need occasional shearing to stay healthy, so wool as an animal byproduct is not inherently wrong. 

But it’s crucial the sheep have good lives (free-range, not cage-raised), they’re shorn in warm weather only, and their skin isn’t damaged in the process.

First, we aim for Merino wool, which is finer and softer than other wools except for ethical cashmere and the like.

Plus, merino sheep often come from New Zealand, known for its ethical animal treatment. However, they can also come from Australia, where mulesing is still acceptable.

For insoles, look for felted ethical wool and, better still, cork fabric. Both are temperature regulatory and antimicrobial (AKA odor resistant).  

The best outsole material (if there are outsoles at all) is natural rubber/latex, which is a renewable resource harvested by harmlessly tapping the latex of the tree (like maple syrup).

If the outsoles are leather, as some of these brands use, we tried to make sure it was either recycled or vegetable-tanned and ethically sourced as a byproduct of the meat industry. Or of course, vegan leather.

And finally, recycled synthetic fabrics were also used effectively by ethical slippers brands on this list. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Human rights violations are a big issue in the fashion industry, so when it comes to the best ethical slippers it’s essential that ethical companies don’t contribute to this. 

Remember the slow fashion rule of thumb (or big toe): transparency is key.

Knowing whether a company treats its workers fairly (living wages, safe work environments, etc.), relies on evidence and third-party certifications. 

Green business practices: 

Any other ways the company reduces its environmental impact, whether it be through funding carbon offset programs, using water-saving/recycling practices, shipping in recycled and plastic-free packaging, or manufacturing with renewable energy.

Community & charitable giving: 

Brands that give back and/or cultivate an empowered, caring community are our faves. 

Many of these slipper companies are so small and specific that they weren’t involved in any charitable activities. We didn’t discount these brands but hope this changes as they grow.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ETHICAL SLIPPERS

We hope this list of the best eco friendly slippers has you feeling like you’re curled up in front of a crackling fire.

If nothing else, we hope it shows that you can be cozy and eco-conscious at the same time.

While you’re at it, eco-zify your entire on-the-couch outfit with sustainable sweatpants and organic cotton robes.

Feel free to share the warmth by passing this article along to your favorite earth-conscious homebody or someone who always has cold feet (and not the wedding jitters kind!).


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