The Adventure of a Lifetime Thanks to a Pair of Cheap Slippers

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Jesse Schiller | 0 comments

About four years ago I received a well-intentioned birthday gift from my mom. It was a pair of house slippers that she'd purchased from Costco. 

At the time we'd just returned from a year travelling overland through Asia. On that trip we witnessed countless examples of waste in communities striving to manufacture goods fast enough to satiate western demand. 

When Rachel and I saw those slippers we both came to the same thought at exactly the same time: "within a year or two, those slippers would be sitting in a landfill and would not breakdown for generations and generations to come". Multiply that by all the other slippers that Costco was selling worldwide and suddenly the problem became huge. It was exactly what we didn't want. 

When I saw this quote it took me back to those early days of KOOSHOO. Those early formative days were spent analyzing the slippers and describing everything that we didn't like about them: synthetic, disposable, poor quality, made in Asia without any information on who was putting them together... They were clearly a product created with the sole intention of making money.

We later referred to that list to create our own list, a list of everything the opposite. 

The list included musts like organic materials, low-impact dyes, artisan handcrafting where possible, local, fair and transparent manufacturing and a system in which to give back to the community

Though we didn't have a product at the time, we were able to start KOOSHOO with those principles as our backbone and we're proud to say they are the very principles that today define what we do. 

Seeing what we didn't want in those slippers absolutely set us on an adventure of a lifetime! 

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