The 100% plastic vacuum-formed shoes by Lou Moria can be fused, moulded and re-shaped without waste of other materials. Indeed, thanks to thermoforming technology the young Israeli designer suggested a new way to produce responsably one-season lasting shoes at a very affordable price.
The projects aims to find a responsible alternative to cheap shoes. Indeed, even the most affordable and unpretensious pair is most probably manifactured in several procesess assembling different materials such as leather, plastic, textile, glue or metal.
Lou Moria said: “In this model I tried to think about shoe manufacture and marketing in a different way. These shoes may not last long – but so are the cheap ones we can find in markets – only it’s being made in a few seconds from one material and technology and can easily be recycled as one piece”.
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Thermoforming is one of the oldest and most common methods of processing plastic materials. The process involves heating a plastic sheet until soft and then draping it over a mould. Then a vacuum is applied sucking the sheet into the mould. so that the sheet can be ejected from the mould.
Unlike other thermoplastic forming processes, where powder or resin are the starting point, vacuum forming uses extruded plastic sheet. With vacuum forming a secondary process may be required to trim the formed sheet to arrive at the finished part. The trimmed waste can then be re-ground and recycled.
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The shoe is also its own packaging; by opening it the user prepares it for use. Thanks to a perforation by the sole it can be hanged and sold in stores and supermarkets.