Plus Compound Technologies LLC has reached an agreement to produce Sazzi Footwear, LLC's new line of sport sandlals using its recyclable Plusfoam product. 

Sazzi was founded by Mark Thatcher, founder of Teva. With its highly functional foot bed and upper, the Sazzi line is being marketed as a technically advanced sport sandal. The sandales utilize ten individually articulating toe platforms allowing the foot to move more naturally for better traction on uneven terrain. Both the Sazzi Digit and Sazzi Decimal will be available at U.S. retailers this fall.

“We are excited that Plusfoam is part of the Sazzi brand launch,” said Mike Carr, associate general manager of Plus Compound Technologies. “Plusfoam is a perfect complement to the revolutionary Sazzi product offering and its compelling story. With an aggressive, non-marking outsole, minimalist design and individual toe articulation, these sandals are excellent examples of how Plusfoam can be used in the most advanced manufacturing processes.”

Through the use of Plusfoam, Sazzi is virtually eliminating the post-manufacturing waste that is typically associated with footwear production. “By using Plusfoam we are projecting to reduce approximately 3,400 pounds of scrap from landfills and incinerators, during the first year of the Sazzi production,” said Carr. “Brands like Sazzi, that choose Plusfoam, are truly making a positive impact on the environment.”

Also known as “Toe Motion Footwear”, Sazzi performance sandals offer superior lateral stability with a patent-pending four toe-post system and better traction through separated toe platforms.

“We wanted to manufacture a quality, sustainable product. Establishing a connection with Plusfoam was essential. We could not be happier with the product that we have created with Plusfoam technology,” says Brian Walton, general manager at Sazzi, “the performance benefits of Plusfoam, namely the non-microbial feature, along with non-marking outsoles and superior traction on wet or dry surfaces, has given us a phenomenal product.”

Like all products manufactured with Plusfoam, Sazzi sandals can be recycled at one of the Plus Compound Technologies reclaim facilities that are currently located in the U.S. and Asia.

“Sazzi sandals are extremely durable and I don’t expect we’ll see any sent back for some time,” said Carr. “With that said, if recycled Plusfoam products could talk, I’m sure the Sazzi Digit and Decimal would have some of the most interesting stories to tell. I personally cannot wait to get a pair.”

The name Sazzi is derived from the Native American word “Anasazi”, which describes the ancient Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest, who made durable sandals with multiple toe posts.