Vivobarefoot, Balena to launch 3D-printed biodegradable shoe


Certified B Corporation Vivobarefoot and Balena are using biomimetic design principles, additive manufacturing methods, and Balena’s BioCir flex material to create circular 3D-printed shoes made from a material that claims to be compostable and recyclable.

Through a biological recycling mechanism, products made from BioCir flex are said to decompose and biodegrade, completing a fully circular life cycle.

Described by Vivobarefoot as a “scan-to-print digital footwear system,” the product is currently in the testing phase in the UK with a wear-testing group. It is expected to be made with Balena’s BioCir within the next six months and be available to customers within the next 18 months.

Read more about the collaboration here.