(Artwork by Ariana Maralit)
Are you planning to get a new pair of sneakers? Why not try to go for a local and sustainable brand?
One of them is LAKAT Sustainables. Launched in 2021 by enviro-social entrepreneurs, Mike and Banj Claparols, it is a conscious sneaker brand dedicated to promoting the use of eco-friendly, ethically-sourced, and produced local materials—hand-woven pineapple and cotton fabrics.
LAKAT Sneakers are 100 percent Philippine-made using sustainable materials. The production of each sneaker leaves a positive socio-economic impact on local weavers and farmers in Negros and Mindanao.
Pineapple fibers used in making LAKAT shoes are sourced from discarded leaves typically thrown after harvesting pineapples. Extraction is made using solar powered energy, which ultimately equates to a lower carbon footprint. Pineapple and cotton fibers are water repellant, and hand-woven by Kabanklan weavers of Negros. Insoles are made using 100 percent non woven pineapple fabric, while outsoles are produced using rubber locally farmed in Mindanao. To further reduce waste, soles are mixed with pineapple cotton fibers discarded from the yarn spinning process.
Now, Isn’t this cool? In an interview with MB Life, Mike says that those who are interested in ordering can simply message them on their Instagram account. But if you want to see the actual product, LAKAT is also joining the Katutubo exhibit happening on BENCH tower in BGC this weekend.