Thaely Shoes: 22 Years Old Makes Shoes from Plastic Waste
Sneakers from Plastic Waste
In this next story on Sustainable Change-Makers, we would like to introduce to you Thaely Shoes, an initiative by a 22-year-old former student of Amity University Mr. Ashay Bhave. So what’s so exciting about Thaely ? Well the startup makes shoes using fabric derived entirely from waste plastic bags. Akshay, named it as Thaely, deriving it from hindi word for plastic bags.
Thaely Shoes was initially developed as design exercise by Ashay to develop an ethically produced sneaker that only uses components recycled from waste materials.
The aim of the exercise was to find a solution to the problem of the 100 billion plastic bags used each year that use 12 million barrels of oil and kill 100,000 marine animals annually.
It took about two years to develop the fabric using plastic waste and then the prototype shoe. Ashay presented at Amity University Dubai’s 2019 Eureka startup pitch competition and was awarded the first place.
Thaely Shoes was able to receive funding and the production of the second prototype was put into action. The second prototype aimed to make a production ready sample, was developed in Dubai. The final prototype was tested and refined to make a production ready sample.
The Product: Thaely Y2k Pro Sneakers
The plastic waste is recycled to make ThaelyTex fabric that looks & feels like leather. This ThaelyTex fabric is used to make the revolutionary product Thaely Y2k Pro sneakers.
Each pair uses a total of 15 plastic bags and 22 bottles. The production process does not need any additional chemicals nor does it release any toxic chemicals as a by-product.
The outer layer is constructed from Thaely’s up cycled plastic material and the inside is constructed from Eco polyester, a breathable material which is created from recycled plastic bottle.
The soles are made from ethically sourced natural rubber that causes no harm to rubber trees and forests and finally the glue used would be Vegan, free of any animal products.
All components including the glue are 100% Vegan. Each pair is packaged in a reusable shopping tote made from 4 plastic bottles & a box made from recycled paper which is embedded with basil seeds & dyed with waste coffee grounds. Once you get your box simply cut & plant it.