But first of all, let's remember that...
Every year, 8 million tonnes of waste are dumped into our oceans. This waste is 80% of land origin and is mainly composed of plastic. As the ocean gradually turns into trash, marine mammals are directly affected by this pollution which is suffocating them.
As the fashion industry is one of the main sources of pollution in the world, it seemed essential to us to be at the heart of a circular approach in order to reduce our impact on the environment and participate in its preservation.
This is how, since the creation of Angarde in 2014, we have chosen to partner with the environmental organization One percent for the planet in order to donate 1% of our annual turnover to the NGO Surfrider Foundation Europe , which constitutes a reference in the fight for the protection of the oceans.
We also organize waste collections to protect the coastline alongside Surfrider: moments of conviviality with the team serving a great cause!
How does Surfrider Foundation Europe work?
The NGO was created in 1990 by Tom Curren and today has more than 1,800 volunteers, 15,000 members and 150,000 supporters! It is also present in 47 volunteer branches spread across 13 European countries.
At Surfrider, missions are divided according to three work themes:
- the fight against aquatic waste
- the perseverance of water quality and the health of users
- research on climate change and coastal planning
This NGO then carries out a plurality of actions, including significant scientific study work in order to understand and resolve the problem of marine waste.
They are also committed to raising awareness and educating European citizens in order to draw their attention to the problem of marine litter through the cleaning of beaches, lakes and rivers.
Angarde x Surfrider Foundation Europe: a 100% ocean lovers collaboration!
Thanks to 1% For The Planet, we donate 1% of our turnover to Surfrider every year, whether our results are good or bad. This year, we wanted to go even further: create a sneaker in collaboration with Surfrider Foundation Europe and donate €30 per pair sold!
Always in a responsible approach, we have chosen an upper made of grape vegetable “leather” and recycled PET. And for good reason, vegetable “leather” products are recyclable and resist very well over time. This unique model was handcrafted in our Portuguese workshops in Porto.
The waves on the back of the shoe are reminiscent of those of the Ocean... and because we are all ocean lovers: we invite you to support us in this beautiful project of which we are particularly proud.
To buy your pair of Angarde x Surfrider sneakers in grape vegetable “leather”, click here!
Don't forget, €30 will be directly donated to the NGO to fight against ocean pollution. Let's act together!