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2022

Blumaka Launches Central American Manufacturing & Shoe Assembly Facility

The facility allows Blumaka to expand its product line and bring its expertise in clean foam to new applications and brand partnerships. Production services at the facility will include the ability to assemble footwear; manufacture sandals, flip flops, slippers and slides; and manufacture shoe components including midsoles, insoles and cupsoles.

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Blumaka Konnect insoles give golfers more stability, better connection to the ground

Sept. 21, 2022

Golf News Network founder and editor, Ryan Ballengee, has been wearing Konnect Insoles while golfing. Read the article for the full testimonial.

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Why I Still Love Sneakers

August 23, 2022 - COMUNITYmade’s Custom Track Spike Helped a High School Athlete Win League

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Why Mike Yastrzemski and the Giants are sold on special insoles: "If you're slipping, you're losing."

July 26, 2022 - “These are the Blumaka Konnect Insoles and, if Yastrzemski and others with the Giants are to be believed, they might be the latest innovation in sports performance.” @zachbuchananmlb

Today’s article in The Athletic really hits it out of the park! We’re honored.

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Upcycling waste foam

May 22, 2022 - “Our Independent Life Cycle Assessment shows that our manufacturing process creates a 65% reduction in greenhouse gasses compared to traditional PU and a 26% reduction compared to traditional EVA.” It also says its process has four times less environmental impact than the traditional one. “We create comfort and improve performance while decreasing waste,” Jenkins says.

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Sourcing Journal: Here's How Footwear Can Stop Committing 'Environmental Malpractice'

April 27, 2022 - Stuart Jenkins, co-founder and CEO of footwear foam manufacturer Blumaka, pointed to the 24 billion pairs of shoes made each year and 20 billion sold. "There's 4 billion pairs of shoes that are doing nothing but adding to our carbon footprint, wasting raw materials and sucking up resources," he said.

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Yahoo Finance: Blumaka and COMUNITYmade Host Clean Footwear Summit to Discuss Necessary Steps for Sustainability

April 22, 2022 - "Manufacturing locally, choosing the right materials, adopting more thoughtful practices in production, this is only the beginning," says Stuart Jenkins, Co-Founder of Blumaka.

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Best Foot Forward: These 12 Shoe Brands Pair Style With Sustainability

March 30, 2022 - 9. Sanuk "Sanuk partnered with BLUMAKA to divert foam scraps typically produced in footwear production from being sent to landfills and instead convert them into a durable sole filler."

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NBCLX host Nik Zecevic with Stuart Jenkins of Blumaka

March 10, 2022 - Our CEO, Stuart Jenkins, was interviewed on NBCLX by Nik Zecevic. This clip highlights how foam is an environmental disaster and what Blumaka is doing to help lean up foam waste.

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Stuart Jenkins on Hoka, Carbon Fiber, and More

January 20, 2022 - Guest Stuart Jenkins is no newcomer to footwear. With 43 years in the industry as an inventor, he's had his hand in a large array of designs. Here he shares his thoughts on the significance of inventors, what makes a good inventor, and shares some of his favorite innovations of the past 10 years.

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2021

Podcast - Three Questions. Three Drinks. With Chris Mikolay

October 10, 2021 - THINK DIFFERENT. You have never met anyone like Stuart Jenkins. A former elite marathoner, Stuart is a footwear industry legend responsible for commercializing numerous massively successful technologies for brands like Nike, Reebok, Ugg, and Hoka. However, Stuart’s career has been as unconventional as the way he thinks.

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2020

Forbes: Gifts That Give Back To People And The Planet 2020 Guide

November 28, 2020 - “… a great conversation starter, particularly the recycled foam soles.”

Gear Junkie: Sanuk SustainaSole Collection

November 25, 2020 - Sanuk’s SustainaSole is a big deal — it’s the brand’s most sustainable shoe to date.

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2019

Sourcing Journal: Why This Component Manufacturer Says ‘Making Foam Sucks’ and What the Footwear Industry Should Do Instead

August 8, 2019 - "The single most important thing the footwear industry can do to improve sustainability more than anything else would? Stop using cut and buff EVA, Jenkins says."