This Sneaker Is Made Of 100 Percent Sustainable Materials

Photos courtesy of Nothing New

Nothing New makes chic footwear, sans virgin plastic

Welcome to The Green Scene. Every week, we're highlighting the designers and brands working to make the world of fashion and beauty a greener, more sustainable place. The brands to support are the ones making a difference; check back every Tuesday to meet your new favorites.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that plastic pollution in our oceans is a huge problem, threatening marine wildlife and, by extension, humankind. It's so bad that studies have shown that, at this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by the year 2050.

Enter Nothing New, a soon-to-launch sneaker label made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, looking to turn that alarming statistic around, one pair of shoes at a time.

This Thursday, Nothing New is launching with an offering of clean high-top ($110) and low-top ($95) sneakers, available in a range of neutral (and consciously dyed) shades, from black and white to gray, olive, and navy. Far from the "earthy crunchy" category that many eco-friendly shoe brands tend to fall into, these chic sneakers are for the conscious (yet luxury-loving) minimalist at heart.

"Why does eco-friendly need to look eco-friendly?" founder Nolan Walsh tells us. "Not only do we want to have the highest quality and most environmentally conscious materials, but we want a luxury aesthetic. We want clean lines, vibrant colors, and products we can wear anytime, without feeling like we need to have a bag of granola with us at all times."

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Every material used in a Nothing New shoe is thoughtfully selected and designed with sustainability in mind. Each pair of shoes uses canvas created from recycled plastic—approximately 5.6 plastic bottles worth, sourced from post-consumer recycled plastic and recycled fishing nets. This saves approximately 160 gallons of water, compared to those made with 100 percent cotton canvas. Other parts of the shoe are made from recycled cotton and recycled and natural rubbers.

However, Nothing New's work in sustainability goes beyond the use of sustainable materials. First, the brand offers a recycling program, offering to take back your old shoes once they can no longer be worn. (Sure, they're built to last, but nothing lasts forever!) Not only will the brand pay for shipping, but it'll also earn you $20 off your next purchase. Additionally, a major part of the brand ethos is to be as carbon neutral as possible. To offset carbon emissions produced by Nothing New, the brand purchases carbon offsets from verified emissions-reduction projects in return.

Of course, Walsh believes that there's always room for improvement—especially in terms of carbon output. "Although we intentionally worked with suppliers who are close to one another and who have passed environmental audits, there are still carbon emissions from footwear production and shipping product to customers," says Walsh. While the brand is committed to its carbon neutral program, the ultimate goal is to eliminate as much of its carbon output as possible. As the brand continues to grow, it also hopes to continue to grow in its sustainable practices, too.

Nothing New launches on June 27 at

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We're shook and shaking our heads

Awards season is indeed on the horizon. Today the nominees for the 71st annual Emmy Award nominations were announced, crowning the best in television programming over the past year—from June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019, specifically. For some performers, creators, crews, networks, and fans, this is a time for celebration and congratulations. For others, it's a moment of disappointment; or at the very least, an opportunity to complain a little bit.

Here are my snubs, surprises, and the nominations that I'm so excited about I could scream.

Snub: Tracee Ellis-Ross in 'black-ish'

Three-time Emmy nominee Tracee Ellis-Ross was not nominated for her role in black-ish, and I would like to speak to the manager.

Snub: 'The Masked Singer'

The Masked Singer might seem gimmicky, but it's actually really good and has shaken up the monotony of other singing competition shows. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough for the Emmy voters.

Surprise: 'Surviving R. Kelly'

I was admittedly surprised to see Surviving R. Kelly validated as one of the most impactful docu-series of the year. It has changed the conversation about sexual assault and grooming and added pressure to law enforcement to hold the singer accountable. It was nominated for Best Informational Series or Special.

Snub: Julia Roberts in 'Homecoming'

Julia Roberts stepped off of her well-established film actress pedestal to bring a PODCAST to life, and this is the thanks she gets? She killed it in Homecoming, and yet it didn't get a single nomination.

Surprise: Beyoncé's 'Homecoming'

Speaking of Homecoming, Beyoncé's Netflix documentary about her 2018 Coachella performance—which doubled as a tribute to HBCUs—was nominated for Best Variety Special. All she has to do is win this, snag an Oscar for The Lion King soundtrack, and put Broadway in her GPS, and Beyhive, we have ourselves an EGOT!

Snub: 'Gentleman Jack'

Gentleman Jack didn't get a single nomination. It hasn't even been a full month since Pride, and we're already shitting on gay rights. Wow.

Snub: 'Grace & Frankie'

I know that Grace & Frankie went off the rails a little bit this year, so I get the show being absent from the Best Comedy Series category. But for neither Lily Tomlin or Jane Fonda to be recognized just feels… wrong.

Snub: 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse'

Jessica Lange is that bitch and deserves her nomination for returning to American Horror Story: Apocalypse. But Evan Peters should have received some recognition for wearing that terrible wig while he played a Satan-worshipping tech bro; Sarah Paulson carried the show; and nothing but respect to MY antichrist, Cody Fern.

Snub: 'Haunting of Hill House'

Another horror series that deserved a chance this year was Haunting of Hill House. It was scary as hell, but also a great drama about a family dealing with grief and trauma. It could be that the Emmy voters were too damn terrified to make it to the end, though. Fair.

Surprise: Billy Porter in 'Pose'

Billy Porter got a Lead Actor nomination for Pose, and I can't think of anyone more deserving. I can't wait to see what he wears on award night.

Surprise: Jharrel Jerome In 'When They See Us'

It cannot be understated how much Jharrel Jerome deserves his nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Drama Series. His performance in Ava DuVernay's When They See Us still haunts me.

Surprise: Kit Harington In 'Game of Thrones'

Kit Harington as Best Actor. IKYFL.

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Does anyone actually buy this stuff?!

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This suit is everything

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