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around the world!
Creative & healthy
approach for our products
A commitment for
original & natural materials
– Denis Hayes, Environmentalist founder of the Earth Day
“I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer.”
Support great materials with GORFOO!
We care about nature & care about you!
Our philosophy: With GORFOO we want to create convenient, comfortable & beautiful products. The founder is a professional podiatrist, boot fitter and boardsports technician. We gather many universes with nature as our guiding theme: from outdoor sports like ski or surf, to reflexology, healthy materials and pop art culture.
How we did it?
We pay attention on humans, customers, workers, animals.
On a practical aspect, this means:
- The use of non-allergenic materials and soft fabrics
- Ecological materials, vegan friendly
- The design of orthopedic shapes
- The choice between regular and large fittings for the shoes
- Useful tips to help improve your comfort on a daily basis
- The factories and our products are controlled and audited by 3rd party
The passion for raw materials and natural elements is a source of inspiration for our creations. Looking for quality and healthy products, we select and blend materials from both traditional and modern industries.
The hemp from Sapa is a very specific material. We went to the villages in North Vietnam to develop fabrics. We gathered our energies to produce the widest Sapa’s hemp fabrics, almost 75 cm large. It is a traditional textile used by Hmong people, and we consider it as the most environment-friendly product!
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant on earth. This material is widely used in many industries (from construction to food…).
For our products we use bamboo as a textile, our suppliers work with organic bamboo from forests controlled by the Forest Stewardship Council in China. The factory also recycle about 95% of its wastes and almost 99% of the water they need to make the fibers.
Bamboo planks are also introduced in our skateboards to make them strong and flexible.
The rubber we use for shoe’s outsoles is a natural rubber (NR) from trees (Hevea).
We select this natural rubber instead of plastic rubber from petrol, like EVA. The rubber trees are absorbing greenhouse gas very well.
Originally from South America, Hevea grows mainly in Asia.
In order to promote recycling technologies, we blend our rubber outsoles with recycled tires (up to 30%).
The process of recycling tires, and rubbers (because tires are made of rubber) is called « devulcanization ». This modern technology is a good way to clean the landfills and saves energy from raw materials extraction such as petrol.
Devulcanization saves biodiversity against monoculture of rubber trees and destruction of tropical forests.
Hemp is a strong plant growing in the temperate areas of the globe. This culture is safe for the environment and life because it requires almost no chemicals and cleans the soil.
This is one of the first plants used by humans for textiles more than 10,000 years ago.
Our hemp from Sapa is a traditional material woven without electricity !
Cork is a wood material from the bark of the cork oak tree. This tree grows around Mediterranean sea. This tree grows well in dry places, the main producer is Portugal
The bark of the tree renews naturally. It can be collected every 3 to 5 years.
Organic cotton represents about 0,1% of cotton production on earth. Contrary to conventional cotton, this doesn’t use any chemicals, fertilizers or GMOs. Moreover, the quantity of water is strictly controlled.
Organic cotton is a non allergenic soft and comfortable material safe for humans and earth.
We recycle also organic cotton wastes from India to make the paper for our stickers.
Cinnamon cassia, is a tree cultivated mainly in eastern and southern Asia. We use the bark of this tree as a spice. This cinnamon cassia tree likes tropical areas to grow up to 15 meters.
This spice has a lot of properties and flavors famous for food and medicine.
The bark of the tree renews naturally, and it is collected it every years.
Jute tree is a plant that originates from India, Bangladesh & China. It is a resistant tree, easy to grow and performs well against soil erosion.
Nowadays, jute is the second natural fibre produced in the world after cotton. Main products with jute are bags.
Plastics are almost all produced from oil and this industry is polluting quite a lot. Even if plastic is a convenient and versatile material for the people, it must be used carefully in order to avoid plastics being thrown into nature as they spread toxic chemicals. We recycle them to make new products.
The recycled plastics can be from industrial or post consumer wastes.
Ramie is a plant from nettle species growing in Asia. This plant has been used for more than 5000 years by humans to make textiles and paper. Ramie has long fibers and its yarn is very strong. We use handcrafted woven fabrics for our creations.
The coconut tree is basically growing in Asia and Oceania, it has been introduced in all the tropical areas of the globe where it grows easily. We use the fibers around the coconut for our products.
Linen fabrics are made from the flax plant. This is known for thousand years as a material for textiles, very interesting for agriculture and ecology. Nowadays, the main producers are European countries such as France & Belgium.
Certifications & Testings
Gorfoo selects carefully the best materials, we are directly in contact with the producers. Many of our products are organic, recycled or from forest controlled by 3rd party companies. Our factories are controlled in order to take care of social impact and environment. However, the certifications are sometimes unadapted and we have to check it by ourselves, especially for handcrafted products. We also work with independent quality control testing laboratories.
Our company is registered in France. Any questions about Gorfoo? Contact us here.