Remember the old Reef sandals? If you did any backpacking in the 90’s, you were certain to own a pair…

These days, Key Reef sandals have an organic foam that biodegrades faster in landfills. Reef also has developed and incorporated Coconut Stretch, a material made from discarded coconut husks, into their boardshorts along with recycled polyester. Finally, much of Reef’s woman’s Bella Costas are constructed with woven textiles made by artisans from Guatemala, Uganda and now with the West African nation of Togo in conjunction with their We Heart initiative, which works to create economic stimulus in developing regions by employing local craftsmen. Phew! Now that’s alot of credentials!

Not only has Reef been around for decades, but they are still manufacturing quality goods with both style and environment in mind.

These little toe tamers are a bit different to the 90’s version, but still cool as hell. Check them out at

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Katie Gannon

After running an ethical fashion label for 5 years, I started this blog in 2007 after learning first hand about the importance of sustainability in fashion design. I am a passionate environmentalist and wish to promote individuals and organisations around the world working on innovative design. I have a BA in Communications / Media as well as a Cert IV in Clothing Production, and run my own graphic design company at

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