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Sustainable footwear brand Ocean Refresh has become the first UK flip-flop brand to achieve the coveted B Corporation Certification for meeting the highest verified levels of environmental performance, economic accountability and social standards.
The Manchester-based footwear brand, which also boasts the UK's first 360o RecycleFootwear Programme, hopes the B Corp certification will inspire more UK brands of all sizes and from all sectors, to undertake the rigorous assessment process to put people and the planet above profits and not just commit to doing less harm, but to do more good.
Created from ocean plastic, ghost nets, P.E.T. and ocean waste, Ocean Refresh is a manufacturer of inspired design and stylish flip-flops, sliders and trainers. The shoes are ethically sourced, 100% vegan, recyclable and organic.
Bernardo Pedroso, Founder and CEO of Ocean Refresh said, "When I created Ocean Refresh in 2019, my mission was to do everything possible to make our oceans cleaner and help rid them of plastic and ocean waste. This has remained at the forefront of everything we do, from the materials we ethically source and use in our products to the charity partners we work with and support."
Bernardo added, "We are very fortunate on how we set up the business model as we have not had to change any of our suppliers, materials, processes or responsibilities to our people in order to get the B Corp Certification, as these were already in place. Like many businesses, it has been a challenging time over the last 18 months with the pandemic, but with our young and enthusiastic team combined with our fun yet professional attitude to business, we have got through it and grown stronger.
"Attaining the B Corp is an amazing achievement for all of the team at Ocean Refresh and is testament to what we have accomplished as a brand so far in such a short time. It also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to driving positive change in the future."