5 ways to Green Your Sneakers
Sneakers 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. In addition, sneakers made of natural fibers biodegrade.
Natural materials like hemp or jute biodegrade and can replace synthetic materials used in sneaker uppers.
Recycled plastic bottles are used to create PET, a material that can be used in insoles, and recycled rubber tires can become outsoles.
Materials from sneakers can be recycled and used in surfaces for playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and running tracks.
Donating sneakers saves them from ending up in a landfill and being burned, which then releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Water-based adhesives are less hazardous than solvent-based adhesive waste, and with fewer VOCs, they'll keep your indoor air smelling chem-free, too.