For a long time I felt the desire to take a look at the Earth and help her heal, and be stronger and better than she was last generation. But how? I am just one tiny, teeny little person, right?
There are so many ways we can help our planet, and ourselves. We just have to think about a few things differently. For instance, I love shoes. [What woman doesn’t, you say. :-)] But, if you think about it, shoes, as we know them to be, are NOT sustainable. They use up plenty of earth’s resources (animal kingdom, plastics, polymers, and other man-made materials…) What if there were shoes that…ahem…walked lightly on the planet? And, looked good? Impossible, you say? Well, take a look at these inspiring footwear.
Adidas UltraBoost Parley Shoes (sneakers)
Made from reclaimed plastic from the ocean!
Adidas Terrex Climacool Boat Shoe
In the same Parley line as the previous shoe. This Terrex boat shoe is also made from reclaimed plastic from the ocean. Read the May 1st, 2017 article from Forbes discussing its release.
Made from algae from harmful algal blooms in high risk bodies of water. Blue-green algae is a polymer! Who knew? [Yep, you did!]
These shoes will be available in July 2017. You can read the Smithsonian article from May 31st, 2017 here.
VEERAH Shoes (Vegan!)
VEERAH, the Sanskrit word for ‘warrior’, is an appropriate name for these stylish shoes that are making a statement while turning heads and saving the planet simultaneously. These fashion-forward shoes have an organic cotton lining, Italian resin outsole and is PETA-approved. Read more about what VEERAH shoes are made of here.
I first came across these shoes at the Green Festival Expo held at the Jacob Javitis Center in NYC on June 11th. That’s why you see an array of shoe designs below. I was there and fell in love with these shoes instantly. They are comfortable and you’ll be the belle of the day, night or ball! Did I mention the accessories (tassels & clip on jewels) are interchangeable? And, you can wear them on your wrist, or around your neck if you so choose?
As you can see, this topic inspired me to dig and find out more! I will definitely write more about sustainable shoes in the future. But for now, please check out these shoes, and the companies that created them. Then, share the word with your friends and family. We can help our planet one step at a time. [Pun totally intended.]
Ta-ta for now,