As reported in SF Gate, shoes probably have the largest environmental impact of any of our apparel choices. The making of shoes involves
a number of manufactured materials to make up their various layers, including super-toxic glues to hold them together, and chemical dyes and hardware (not to mention the labor required for putting all of that together)….
The most-dicarded shoe is — unsurprisingly — sneakers.
Before buying that new pair of sneakers, think about the environmental impact and whether you really need a new pair. If you do, check out your local goodwill or consignment stores — people give away nearly new items all the time.
If you really want to buy a new pair of sneakers, there are “green” sneakers you can buy and feel good about. Check out the rest of the article, with a great discussion of your green sneaker options!