Materials maker Braskem America is putting its best foot forward with an EVA biopolymer for Dansko's new line of clogs.
More than 50 percent of the footware comes from Braskem's renewable I'm Green-brand carbon-negative EVA bio-based polymer. Officials said that the new Kane clog offers consumers a lightweight clog that's "perfect for everyday wear."
The Kane clog provides excellent shock absorption and features a removable foot bed, which incorporates Dansko Natural Arch technology for added support, they added. The casual shoe "is eye-catching and durable as well as being lightweight and comfortable." It's also easy to clean and the uppers are perforated for ventilation, officials said.
In a news release, Braskem America CEO Mark Nikolich said that his Philadelphia-based firm — a unit of Braskem SA of São Paulo — "is focused on partnering with clients that share our commitment to advancing the manufacture of more sustainable products."
"Our relationship with Dansko exemplifies this, as they introduce their new Kane clog," he added. Nikolich said that the Braskem material "offers the same features of a conventional resin, such as flexibility, lightness and resistance, while helping support renewably sourced materials and reducing carbon emissions in the fight against global warming."
Dansko CEO Jim Fox said in the release that the new Kane clog "is constructed from materials you can feel good about."
"Braskem understands the lifestyle focus of our business and the I'm Green material is ideal for this new product," he added.
Braskem's I'm Green bio-based EVA is sustainably produced from sugarcane, a renewable source that contributes to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by carbon dioxide capture. Officials said the material is ideal for use in footwear, toys, general foams and other products.
West Grove, Pa.-based Dansko is a leading comfort footwear maker. The firm, whose name means "Danish shoe," is best known for its clogs, but also makes dress and casual shoes, sandals and boots.