Our Planet

Sustainability comes second nature to us. From creating new fabrics out of recycled plastics, to exploring new techniques for construction, Twisted X® holistically evaluates every step of our process to continue to create environmentally-responsible footwear and production processes without compromising quality and performance.

Created From Nature.

Created From Nature

Small changes can make a big impact. That’s why we look to nature for inspiration when it comes to using eco-friendly-materials in our products. We currently use natural materials such as merino wool, cork, molasses, bamboo, algae, and rice husk in our footwear to create a more holistic product.

In addition to our materials that are inspired by nature, we use materials that help clean up the environment and reduce waste. Our ecoTWX fabric is created from up cycled plastic bottles that are salvaged from landfills and oceans. Each pair of shoes is made up of approximately 13 bottles, and with your help, we have been able to clean up more than 5.4 million plastic bottles from the environment.

Striving for Carbon Neutrality

Twisted X has committed to taking small steps to make a big difference in our operations. In 2020, we became carbon neutral in our headquarters, along with our global factories, our distribution, and our shipping.

At the Twisted X corporate offices, we practice what we preach. Our offices are single-use plastic free, utilize motion sensor lights to preserve energy consumption, provide filtered water refill stations and ample recycling, and even offer interest-free loans to employees that purchase electric vehicles.

The production processes used in our factories reduce waste and energy use. Examples include the elimination of glue in our Zero-X collection, strategic cutting of leather to allow infant and kids shoes to be made from leftover material, and upcycling factory waste into new materials.

Twisted X makes a conscious effort to ensure our catalogs and printed materials utilize soy-based ink, recycled paper, and small batch printing to prevent overproduction and waste. We are also proud to say our shoe boxes are made from 85% recycled materials and are recyclable.

Check out our 2021 Sustainability Report.
Material One

MERINO WOOL

We utilize the renewable and biodegradable natural fibers sheared from Merino Sheep. This wool is seriously soft, odor resistant, naturally balances body temperature and wicks away sweat.

Material Two

RICE HUSK

Rice husk, an agricultural by-product, is typically discarded in landfills after the edible portion of rice is removed from it. Leveraging what is traditionally considered waste, we blend the rice husk with rubber to create a comfortable outsole that reduces our use of new material.

Material Three

BAMBOO

Bamboo is a sustainable crop that regenerates quickly and requires less water and pesticides than cotton. We utilize the benefits of this plant in various components of our shoes, including our bamboo shoelaces and ecoTWEED fabric.

Material Three

CASTOR BEANS

We utilize a bio-based material made from castor bean oil in our BioBlend™ midsoles in order to create a more natural product. Castor beans grow quickly and are a renewable source, making BioBlend™ a sustainable alternative to traditional midsoles.

Material Three

CORK

By harvesting the outer layer of bark from cork trees, we are able to leverage a sustainable material that is biodegradable and renewable. Removing the bark does not harm the tree but allows it to absorb more CO2 and release more oxygen, a win-win situation.

Material Three

SUGARCANE

Sugarcane, a renewable agricultural crop, grows quickly and requires minimal irrigation. We utilize this natural material in our molasses EVA midsoles, making it a sweet substitute for traditional EVA.

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Reinventing Footwear Construction

We challenge the status quo. In 2020, Twisted X® launched the Zero-X™ collection, a line of eco-forward footwear that replaces the use of harsh chemical adhesives and detrimental production techniques with a robust, interlocking stitching system. Utilizing rice husk outsoles, bamboo laces, and ecoTWX® fabric, the Zero-X collection features comfort you can feel good about. Plus, for every pair sold, we plant a tree to help aid in U.S. tree reforestation.

EXPLORE

BUY A PAIR, PLANT A Tree

Through our partnership with One Tree Planted®, we will plant one tree in the U.S. for every pair of shoes purchased from our ecoTWX® and Zero-X™ collections. Forest restoration is one of the best solutions to climate change available today. To date, we have planted more than 350,000 trees, removing more than 8,400 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

EXPLORE

MAKING BIG WAVES

We have joined Nike and other like-minded companies in the Arctic Shipping Pledge, vowing that we will not be shipping our products through arctic waters that are now accessible due to climate change. Previously unnavigable, the melting arctic ice allows faster transit times, but at a high cost to an increasingly fragile ecosystem.

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