Our Commitment to Comfort, Cruelty-free innovation and Sustainability
HEXA is committed to sustainable fashion. We love the environment and want to do our part to contribute to promoting ethical, sustainable materials and manufacturing.
We are proud to be a PETA-Approved Vegan company, but we know we can’t sit on our laurels. Being vegan is not enough. Out of the many vegan leathers available, we’re determined to use not only the best material for our products, but also for the environment.
As we endeavor to avoid using animal-based products, we are aware that we often turn to synthetic materials, such as polyurethane, polyester, synthetic rubber, recycled ABS, PVC, TPU, EVA, polystyrene, nylon and poly-viscose, which have their own environmental impacts. To maintain the delicate blend of being vegan and environmentally responsible, HEXA is investigating offset strategies so that we will achieve a neutral to positive impact with every item produced.
In addition to offsetting, we are also always on the lookout for new innovations in sustainable materials and manufacturing methods that we can apply to our supply chain to reduce our environmental footprint immediately. This includes constantly reassessing everything from packaging to logistics, not just manufacturing.
Our dedication to responsible excellence includes elevating local communities. So, we ensure that every supplier, factory, and other service provider we partner with treat their employees with respect and provide safe conditions and fair wages. We cannot claim our products are cruelty-free if our workers are not treated fairly.
We believe that environmental responsibility is all-encompassing and that everyone must play their part. And we are fully dedicated to ensuring HEXA is part of the solution, every step of the way.
Sy Mahatthanarak grew up surrounded by her family’s tradition of leather bag manufacturing. After 30 years of producing high-quality leather bags for well-known international brands, Sy decided to venture out with her own brand focussing on fashion and lifestyle that is kind and fair to all living beings.
Lisa McKeithen leveraged her love of accessorizing into a career of more than 25 years in US and European footwear design, development, and marketing. She has travelled around the world discovering techniques and materials to satisfy her obsession for beautiful shoes that are comfortable and durable. Lisa now wants to blend what she discovered on her travels with the skills she honed at the best comfort shoe brands in the world.
As part of a Fashion Revolution movement, we work with Thailand’s local factory in compliance with ISO 9001:2015. There are over 50 men and women who are happy making HEXA Shoes in a good work condition and get paid fairly.
The employees at their facilities enjoy fresh, clean air in the workspace—as air purification systems filter out airborne particles and circulate purified air. The advanced air filtering and treatment equipment helps keep employees healthy and protects the environment.
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Why Cruelty-free Leather?
We are trying to change people’s perception of man-made materials. People still equate leather with quality. This is not true. There’s a ton of horrible quality leather, and much of it isn’t a by-product of the beef industry. This kills the argument that animal leather is part of the food supply chain.
Many will argue that man-made leathers are created with harsh chemicals and non-organic materials. This is also not true. Right now, there are leather alternatives made from pineapple, mushrooms, and other natural, organic sources.
And we are not alone. Many countries now require man-made leathers pass intensive testing and certification processes. This stringent oversight doesn’t apply to animal leathers, so there’s no guarantee to their environmental impact.
Our Vegan Leather
Solvent free and low on PU content, our vegan leather is the finest eco-friendly polyurethane microfiber based material from Japan. We selected them because they are leaders in their field of synthetic leather. They are fully traceable and are very aware of the environmental impact these kinds of materials can have. So they make sure they do their best to lower their carbon footprint and chemical emissions. Want to find out more? We introduce you to trace them.
Their manufacturing facility has successfully been conducting such CO2 reduction activities as increasing biomass fuel volume, using waste plastic as fuel, ensuring higher operating efficiency, and installing energy-saving equipment. They also have consistently been working to implement conservation activities that include promoting measures against global warming, managing chemical substance emissions, and ensuring beneficial use of waste.
HEXA sources fabrics that include “Cold Pad Batch” dyed materials. This process uses 40% less water than regular dyeing, less energy since it’s done at room temperature, no salt, and less chemicals. This means much less wastewater. In addition to eco-friendly processes, all our fabrics have superior color fastness.
Our supplier also only uses the highest-grade chemicals and dyes from Huntsman, a well-known German textile firm. Our customers can be confident that our fabrics are free from hazardous substances.
Our Linen Jute fabric contains 60% Jute and 40% Cotton. We love Jute. Jute grows easily without any pesticides or fertilizers and is considered an eco-friendly material. The factory also has a water-recycling program. Around 30% is re-used steam, and there is an in-house wastewater treatment program which the Thai authorities monitor. They are committed to returning clean water to the environment and reducing energy usage.
Our rubber soles
Our outsole supplier follows strict EU “REACH” standards, selecting materials free of harmful chemicals. Their actively operate processes while being mindful of reducing, recycling, maintaining a low carbon footprint, water conservation, and generally being environmentally responsible.
They also use only polyurethane water-based colors in the printing process. This is more environmentally friendly by being less volatile and less harmful to the groundwater and soil.ed an eco-friendly material.
Our sport foam insoles
We work with an American-based supplier that ensures their anufacturing facilities around the world processes and reuses wastewater. When the recycled water can’t be reused, their system converts it into solid refuse that is treated to the strictest environmental standards.
Their proprietary plant-based bio-oil comes from castor beans. Castor beans are a non-food source that doesn’t compete with food crops and uses very little water to grow. This rapidly renewable plant has been naturalized in warm climates all over the world and can grow ten feet in a single
season. Using castor oil reduces the need for petroleum in their foam and uses fewer natural resources to produce.
They also use recycled rubber, keeping over 300 metric tons of rubber out of landfills each year. We get eco-friendly, reduced petroleum solutions to create insoles with uncompromised comfort and performance, while dramatically limiting the impact on the planet.