Nae (No Animal Exploitation) is a brand of Portuguese Vegan shoes. It proposes a fair and animal-friendly alternative against human exploitation and respect to the environment. Nae wants to be an option for clients who identify themselves with this philosophy and who are looking for Portuguese quality footwear design that presents an increased responsibility towards the environment.
Alex Pérez and his wife Paula started the company 10 years ago after identifying a gap in the market for stylish, comfortable vegan shoes.
Nae was born out of the assumption of no animal exploitation and a focus, not only on the natural and ecological materials but also on the design, style and quality that are already recognized in Portuguese footwear. All of Nae’s products are ethical and designed for the consumer and their daily comfort.
Nae’s products are only manufactured in certified factories in Portugal, where employees are respected and don’t use any products from animal origin or that damage the environment. Moreover, they work with natural materials such as cork and pineapple, recycled materials as airbag and PET – plastic bottles, and synthetic materials as ecological microfibers.
Materials used in Nae’s Vegan Shoes
Piñatex is a natural fabric. It is made from pineapple leaf fibres. The leaves – which are normally discarded – are taken from pineapple harvests and processed to make this incredibly durable fabric, with any unused fibres then redistributed to the fields as fertiliser.
It’s a completely earth-friendly process and the company responsible are working with pineapple farmers to add a whole new income stream to their businesses.
Unlike regular cotton, organic cotton is grown from natural (non-genetically modified) seeds and without the use of pesticides, meaning that it is much kinder to the earth and safer on your skin. It is harvested from fields that are regularly rotated rather than persistently re-sewn, which means the soil is not degraded in the same way as with regular cotton and therefore is much healthier and nutritious for all concerned. Organic cotton is also irrigated using 80% rainwater, making it much less of a drain on energy and resources. With the world’s water supplies under threat, organic cotton is a fantastic way to dress responsibly.
Cork is incredibly durable and great for the environment. It is harvested from cork oak (or quercus suber) trees and is 100% sustainable. Cork farming actually has a negative carbon footprint, meaning that using it in our products has an incredibly positive impact on the planet. It’s waterproof, hypoallergenic and soft to the touch, making it virtually perfect.
While PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is still plastic it is incredibly recyclable. We all hope to see the production of plastic come to an end but in the meantime, we can help to reduce the consumption of natural resources by making use of recycled materials; reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s why Nae decided to turn it into beautiful products. First synthesised in the 1940s PET was popularised for its strong, lightweight nature, which likewise is true of RPET (Recycled PET). When broken down, your old bottles and food containers can be turned into clothing, accessories – and of course beautiful shoes! – making it as easy on your conscience as on your skin.
Nae’s “vegan leather” is made from a mix of microfibres including cotton, polyester and nylon (which is recycled whenever possible). Choosing vegan leather helps to save billions of animals each year and means that you don’t need to compromise on style.