Sneakers

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.

  1. Choose a sneaker made from natural materials

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    Natural materials like hemp or jute biodegrade and can replace synthetic materials used in sneaker uppers.

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  2. Choose a sneaker made from recycled materials

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    Recycled plastic bottles are used to create PET, a material that can be used in insoles, and recycled rubber tires can become outsoles.

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  3. Recycle old sneakers at drop-off locations or mail them to a recycling program.

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    Materials from sneakers can be recycled and used in surfaces for playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and running tracks.

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  4. Donate old shoes instead of throwing them away

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    Donating sneakers saves them from ending up in a landfill and being burned, which then releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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  5. Choose a shoe made with water-based cement

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    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.

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Comments

01/17/2010
12:26pm
Taygra

Did you allready hear about TAYGRA ? This Brazilian brandmark offers original bare-foot feeling sneakers that respect its workers & the environment. Fair-trade, eco-friendly policy with recycled wastes & recycling materials, water base glues, vegetable leather from wild rubber trees of Amazonia, reforestation (one pair is bought, one tree is planted)...
Light, flexible & extremly confortable, they will fit your feet & please your wallet : sold less than 50 EUR with a nice beach bag with the Brazilian flog of course !
More info at www.taygra.net & on-line store at www.taygra-store.com

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