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44: Ahimsa – Quality Vegan Boots

Gabriel Silva’s dream of becoming a pilot was lost when he was diagnosed with type II diabetes, he decided to change his lifestyle and diet. Introspection led him to his spiritual roots which are based on one simple principle – “do no harm”. He apprenticed in his father’s shoe factory to learn the trade. He launched Ahimsa in 2013. In 2014, only 6 months they took a very big step. They opened the doors to their own factory. He felt uncomfortable that his products were being made by a third party who did not fully share his beliefs. To this day, it remains the only 100% vegan shoe factory in the world.

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Design and Innovation
Design and Innovation
44: Ahimsa - Quality Vegan Boots
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20: Green Sole – Steps Towards Sustainability

Co-founders and runners Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami ran through 3-4 pairs of sneakers every year. They realized that the soles were still in good condition though the uppers were worn out. They refurbished them into trendy footwear for sale and slippers for donation. In fact they have donated half a million slippers since 2016. Listen to learn how Green Sole is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

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Fashion and Beauty
Fashion and Beauty
20: Green Sole - Steps Towards Sustainability
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