TO USE,
NOT TO ABUSE

Since we started this project, it was very clear to us that it was going to be marked by a strong social and environmental commitment. We strongly believe that it is our responsibility not only to conserve but to improve the world we live in and the people around us.

But we have also been very clear that we would do it with total transparency, without making it a sales weapon and being faithful to our principles.

Here we detail what they are. Would you help us improving together?

“TO USE, NOT TO ABUSE” summarizes very well our vision of the problem and the content. We are very aware that as a company we are part of this consumer society, that we seek to cover a need, sometimes of a certain priority and other times of pure recreation. That is why we firmly believe that the key is balance in everything we do:

Think consciously to avoid that, in the fashion sector, use becomes abuse and thus achieve sustainable consumption that lasts over time.

In order to explain the different parts of our commitment we will distinguish 4 blocks

High quality and durability as the main value of everything we do in couple&pie. We believe that there is no more responsible and sustainable consumption than the consumption of quality products that last over time. That is why producing in Spain (and later also in Portugal) was the option from the beginning. We control very closely the processes, the qualities, the finishes? In order to achieve these quality standards.

But that's not all. To achieve this not only involves the quality and durability of the product but also the timeless design of all our creations. You know, knowing how to age. And no, we are not fast-fashion.

LONG LASTING PRODUCTS
ARE THE REAL SUSTAINABILITY

LONG LASTING PRODUCTS
ARE THE REAL SUSTAINABILITY

SEE THE RESULT

The subject of materials is very interesting and is constantly evolving. We have always been committed to the use of quality materials that also have the least possible impact on the planet. In this sense we work in two lines. The first and original one is leather and the second one is vegan.

ORGANIC LEATHER

Leather is a 100% organic material and therefore the impact after use is as low as possible. It is also a material that offers a performance that is difficult to match, which allows the extension of the useful life of the shoes, thus achieving a moderate consumption and therefore more sustainable in the long run.

The leather we use in our sneakers comes from the waste of the meat industry. In our case, at no time do we sacrifice an animal life just for its use in "fashion". What we do is to reuse waste from other processes to give it a new useful life in the best possible environmental conditions.

ORGANIC AS 1ST OPTION AND
RECYCLED WHEN THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE

ORGANIC AS 1ST OPTION AND
RECYCLED WHEN THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE

VEGAN MATERIALS

This line took us a little longer to develop because it posed for us a difficult problem to solve (but not impossible). Most materials of NON ANIMAL origin use plastic and as such have a negative impact on the environment. In addition, the quality standard offered by this type of synthetic materials is far from those offered by leather. So, wanting to incorporate them because there is a real demand on your part, we were faced with the environmental and quality problem. APPLE SKIN: After a lot of research with our manufacturers, we found an option that solved 100% of the problems we were facing.

Apple Skin is a material made from organic apple waste combined with a part (always necessary in these materials) of plastic in this case, and very important, recycled. It also meets quality standards that are very similar to those of organic leather. So...

WELCOME VEGAN MATERIALS

#PLASTICFREE SOLE

One of our first (and biggest) material breakthroughs was to achieve a proprietary sole that was free of plastics. This is achieved by using natural rubber instead of plastic. In this way we were able to reduce the use of plastic by replacing it with an organic material.

SEE THE RESULT

Another added value that was clear to us from the beginning. Producing in Spain has many personal, humanitarian and environmental benefits. We knew that this decision was going to be a competitive disadvantage and a great challenge involving a lot of effort, but we have always believed that it was and still is worth it!

ETHICAL WORKING CONDITIONS

It goes without saying that people are at the top of our priorities. That is why from the beginning we knew that this project was always going to take care of the human treatment. Producing in Spain (and also in Portugal) guarantees optimal working conditions for the people involved in the manufacturing process of couple&pie products. In addition, the proximity allows us to put names and faces to those who are "in the shadows" making this possible, which makes the relationship between all of us much more personal, something that we value enormously.

CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION

Another of the great advantages in terms of commitment that producing in Spain offers is the great reduction of our carbon footprint. By producing locally we avoid emitting a large amount of CO2 into the atmosphere by not having to bring offshored productions to a great distance. As my mother used to say, it is not the cleanest who cleans the most but the one who dirties the least :D

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMERCE

Thirdly, producing in Spain gives us the opportunity to strengthen the local economy. More than 100 families involved in the entire production process of our products benefit from this. This is as important to us as the rest of the parts in which we reflect our social and environmental commitment.

SEE THE RESULT

Siempre hemos querido dar un paso más allá del compromiso que intentamos llevar a cabo en el desarrollo de nuestro proyecto. Por eso creemos que una parte importante ha de ser en acción proactiva colaborando con diferentes causas, ongs, proyectos solidarios, etc. Actualmente colaboramos con Eden Reforestation Projects pero también hemos colaborado con varios prooyectos diferentes en el pasado y también esperamos poder hacerlo con muchos más en el futuro.

3 TREES PLANTED PER PAIR

Together with Eden Reforestation Project we plant 3 trees for each pair we sell. In this way we manage on the one hand to reforest deforested areas or areas in danger of deforestation, but we are also doing a great job eradicating extreme poverty in those same areas by employing local people in a dignified manner in the reforestation process.

OTHER COLLABORATIONS

In our short but intense trajectory we have been fortunate to have collaborated with different solidarity projects, each one better than the last. Here we leave you a link to each of them so you can learn more about their work and, if you feel like, lend a hand! Of course we have in mind many future collaborations and we hope to expand our action little by little with your help!

RAIS
HOGAR SÍ

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PROYECTO
LAZARUS

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MAMÁS
EN ACCIÓN

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HOSPITAL SAN
JOAN DE DEU

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OF COURSE, NONE OF THIS WOULD
BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU

OF COURSE, NONE OF THIS WOULD
BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU

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