Shoes

4 ways to Green Your Shoes

Shoes made of synthetic materials cannot be returned to the earth, but they can be recycled or donated to keep them from ending up in landfills. Natural content shoes or those made with recycled materials makes for great eco-friendly wardrobe options.

  1. Choose a shoe made from natural materials

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    Instead of buying shoes made of leather or plastic, which produce toxic substances during manufacturing, choose a shoe made of natural materials such as hemp, jute, crepe, bamboo, or cork.

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  2. Choose a shoe made from recycled materials

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    Try a sneaker made of recycled bottles and rubber tires or a ladies' dress heel made of quilts, parachutes, and coffee bags on for size.

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  3. Donate old shoes instead of throwing them away

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    Donating shoes to a charity organization that benefits others gives them a second life outside of the landfill.

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  4. Choose a shoe made with water-based cement

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    Water-based adhesives are less hazardous than solvent-based adhesive waste and will keep your home from fogging up with VOCs.

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Comments

06/10/2009
5:19pm
greengoddess

Tip #5: Resole your shoes! I have a pair of boots I have had for 15 yrs and resoled them 5 times. Every time they come back from the cobbler they are polished and look brand new. But dont ever have to be broken in again :)

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