Fair Fashion

El Naturalista Boots: Business in the Front, Party in the Back


How fun are these Colibri booties? Very, as you can see above 🙂

Made by El Naturalista, a Spanish company that prides itself on using natural, recycled materials and producing their high-quality shoes and boots in Spain. They handwork the leather and use a semi-vegetable tanning process. Here’s why:

Naturalista, after finding that the vegetable processes consume a lot of water, we have decided to introduce, whenever possible, semi-vegetable tanning and when it is not the use of very low Chromium 3 alloys, always observing the European regulations. Meanwhile, we continue to be committed to innovation and research. Experience has taught us that in this search we will keep finding new production methods that are respectful of nature, which we will add to those we already use.

I also loved that in the box my boots came in was a certificate that prompted me to donate 2% of the price back to one of several humanitarian projects through the company’s organization, WeBelieveInPeople.org

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To learn more about the company’s ethical work, check out their sustainability report.

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a gratis pair of these boots to try by the company. But I don’t write about anything unless I genuinely love it, whether I buy it myself or if it’s a gift.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.