Soy based shoes get USDA biobased product label


In Georgia, family-owned company, Okabashi, earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label for their sustainable shoes. Okabashi’s Buford, Georgia factory is a near-zero waste facility, and materials are plant-based and 100-percent recyclable.

Now, Okabashi’s use of a soy-based plasticizer has led the company to earn the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on a number of their styles. The USDA Biobased Product label communicates a product’s biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals. Biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change.

Okabashi styles that have earned the Biobased Product label include, but are not limited to: the Cross Strap, the Surf, the Gardenia, the Venice, the Eurosport, the Milan, the Copenhagen, the Torino, and the Maui. Okabashi shoes can be shopped at