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Rated: Good

price: $$$$

location: Ethiopia

soleRebels showcases Ethiopian artisan talents with the traditional 'barabasso' (Ethiopian recycled tire) shoe.

soleRebels sustainability rating


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Overall rating: Good

Our ratings are based on a scale from 1 (We avoid) to 5 (Great) How we rate

Our “Planet” rating evaluates brands based on the environmental policies in their supply chains, from carbon emissions and wastewater to business models and product circularity. Here we rate soleRebels “Great”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It uses a high proportion of lower-impact materials including recycled materials.
  • It uses low impact materials that help limit the chemicals, water, and wastewater in its supply chain.
  • To minimise waste, its products are made-to-order.
  • To minimise plastic waste, it uses packaging that consumers can repurpose and reuse.

Workers’ rights are central to our “People” rating, which assess brands’ policies and practices on everything from child labour to living wages and gender equality. Here we rate soleRebels “Great”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It provides jobs for workers from communities in Ethiopia.
  • It traces most of its supply chain.
  • It ensures workers in the final production stage are paid a living wage,

Brands’ animal welfare policies and, where applicable, how well they trace their animal-derived products are the focus of our “Animals” rating. Here we rate soleRebels “It's a Start”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It’s published a general statement about minimising animal suffering but not a formal animal welfare policy.
  • It appears to use leather.
  • It doesn’t appear to use wool, down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair.

Based on all publicly available information we’ve reviewed, we rate soleRebels “Good” overall.

Last updated November 2023