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Soft Star Talks Sustainability

By Softstar @Soft_Star_Shoes

We had the honor this week to present our workshop's sutatinable practices at the quarterly meeting of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.

Soft Star Talks Sustainability Soft Star co-owner Tricia Salcido discusses sustainable practices for businesses.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is a network of organizations and individual volunteers in Corvallis, Oregon, who are working together to create a sustainable community. It includes businesses, non-profits, faith communities, educational institutions, and government entities that are committed to creating a community that values environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality.

Soft Star co-owner Tricia Salcido took the floor and began by telling the history of Soft Star Shoes. Our founder, Tim Oliver, is a strong proponent of walking lightly on the Earth, and he and his wife began their family shoemaking business as a means of making the shoes they wanted in an eco-friendly way. Tim is still an active part of our workshop, and his values have helped form our core values of sustainability.

  • Handcrafting products locally instead of outsourcing overseas or using assembly-line machinery.
  • Offering incentives to employees who commute by bike.
  • Measuring and reducing leather scrap waste, and donating leftover scraps for crafts.
  • Sourcing formaldehyde-free leather from within the USA (except for highly sustainable vegetable-tanned leather from Germany).
  • Using solar panels to offset our electric carbon footprint.
  • Sorted recycling bins in our workshop for both common commingled recycling and hard-to-recycle items, such as batteries, Styrofoam, soft plastics, metal and hazardous waste (we also compost food waste).

We're very proud to be part of a company that makes environmental sustainability a priority, and to be part of a community that encourages these values. For more information about our sustainability efforts, visit our Citizen of the Earth page.

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