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Recycled Sandals from Brazil Find a Following

A small company called Sandálias 755, from the northeastern Brazilian state of Alagoas, is selling to Lebanon shoes made from recycled raw material. The company, in the city of Arapiraca, in the interior of the state, produces 60,000 male and female sandals a month, of which around 10% are exported. The Lebanese are the main importers.

The inner soles of the sandals are made out of EVA, a plastic material, and the top part of the sandals is made out of nylon. The soles, however, are made out of recycled PVC products, like balls, sandals, hoses and toys, collected by poor cooperative workers from Arapiraca and region at sanitary dumps.

According to the company commercial director, Antônio Rodrigues Bandeira, around 2,000 people make their living from these cooperatives.

The company also produces sandals entirely made out of EVA, for beach use, the ones that sell best to the Lebanese. Around 80% of the sales to the Arab countries are EVA sandals and 20% have recycled soles.

Sandálias 755 is currently negotiating entry of its products into a Lebanese chain of stores called Bata, where it intends to sell the models with recycled soles.

This year, the company also intends to start selling to Egypt. “Our exports should rise 10% in 2005,” stated Bandeira.

The factory also exports to Spain, to the Dominican Republic, Portugal and the United States. Entry in the Dominican market took place this year, after contacts made during the Couromoda, the international shoes, sportsgoods and leathergoods fair, which took place in January, in São Paulo.

According to the company commercial director, 95% of company export contracts take place during the Couromoda and Francal, another shoe sector fair that takes place in the middle of the year, in the city of São Paulo, in southeastern Brazil.

Arrival of company shoes in Lebanon, however, was different. “Three years ago, a Lebanese who had naturalized himself Brazilian purchased a pair of our sandals in Salvador, capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, so as to give them to his wife. As they were so well accepted, he got in contact with our company and we started negotiating,” said Bandeira. Nowadays the Lebanese, who returned to his country in 2001, is the brand representative in the region.

The products made by Sandálias 755 are at around 500 points of sale in Brazil. The company was established in 1993 by businessman Armindo de Quadros Honaiser, and later was joined by Bandeira, currently the commercial director, as a partner.

The factory has around 50 employees with an installed capacity for production of 100,000 pairs a month. Sandálias 755 received the Design Trophy by the Federation of Industries of the State of Alagoas in 2002.

Sandálias 755

ANBA – Brazil-Arab News Agency


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  • nancy lau

    establis a long-time business relations for the shoe machine
    Dear sir:
    How are you!
    we are a comprehensive trading company, established in 1988,is specialized in dealing shoe machinery, packaging machinery,material and leather etc.The company has its own producing base,develop& research center, and warehouse, as well as a being-built exhibition center for italian shoe machineiry,material and leather. We have been endeavoring to expand our overseas market and succeeded in selling wenzhou and chinese products to more than 30 countries and regions,such as Turkey, India,Iran,Tailand,UAE,Pakistan,Ghana,Poland,South Africa,Kuwait,France,USA,Russia,Egypt,etc.We will always try our best to meet the customers’ demands from home and abroad. We have gained a very good reputation in high quality and competitive price.
    At present i recommend the EVA injection foam moulding machine to you and hope you can start the EVA shoes project.We have many successful sample of the customers about this project,especially in Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Ethiopia,etc. We have rich experience for the machine because we control the technology same to Italy machine so we can ensure the quality and price. It is a new project for Brazil and you can get large profit if you start this projects.Looking forward your prompt reply.
    Best wishes!

  • Jules J

    To all above concerned:

    I’m an American student living and working in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. I came across this brand of flip-flops called Braziliano Praia. They make flip-flops out of 100% microporous rubber. The office and headquarters is here in Rio. The quality is at the same level as havaianas, but they also offer a wide range of other sandal types, including some made out of pvc, with heels and various strap types. They just opened up a store at a gallery here in Rio, but I know that they ship all over the world, because after a talk to a friend of mine in Singapore, I found out that they’re sold there too. Check out the site:[url]www.brazilianopraia.com[/url] and I’m sure you can find some to get into contact with there.

    Best of Luck,

  • Eddie Ong

    Dear Sir,

    We are interested in flip flops made of 100% genuine rubber sole and strap similar to Havaianas, Cariris, Dupe, Ipanema etc. Can you send us pictures of all your flip flops model including solid and bi-color models. We are looking for a brand that we can market it here in the Philippines exclusively for us for flip flops. Hoping you can give us some details regarding your good company if you have available rubber flip flops with out eva or pvc materials.Kindly send us through email:SapphireEnterprise888@yahoo.com all the following details please. We look forward to your early reply.

    Eddie Ong

  • herion kercelli

    i want to buy sandals
    I am an Albanian businessman and i am interested in buying sandals from Brazil. please give information about products and offers. Leave please the addresses of all exporting businesses.

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