Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.
Why Should We Care About Recycling Sneakers?
I recently climbed into my closet and unearthed a PILE of sneakers – tennis shoes, 2 pairs of running shoes, those weird calf-building things, cross-trainers. Seriously? All three of my daughters wear the same size shoe and none of them were interested in any of them. huh. I usually put shoes that aren’t too badly beat up in the nearby Goodwill depository, but I had heard about some interesting sneaker recycling programs. So, I did some homework. Here’s what I learned . . .
Most sneakers are made from natural and synthetic rubbers and synthetic foam, which is primarily composed of polyurethane and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). The upper portion is usually mesh or natural or synthetic leather. [ from earth911.com article]
In 2008, Runner’s World Magazine did a fairly in-depth study on the carbon impact of running. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation supported their research. They found that the average serious runner (of which I am NOT), burns through 3 pairs of running shoes a year and this represents 430 pounds of CO2. Not exactly sure what that means, but it was quadruple any other running gear, and the CO2 output is more than driving 400 miles. I’m also not sure this takes into consideration the issue of landfills being loaded w/ nasty old sneakers that mostly don’t biodegrade very well either.
And for a little icing on the cake, Manduka, purveyor of yoga gear and the Earth-friendly eKO mat, is offering 10% off of every purchase, while also giving 10% back to Yoga Aid. Just use special promo code: GIVELOVE.
Most trips we take are less than 3 miles from our home. With our cities and streets becoming more bike-friendly, and bikes becoming more pedal-friendly, you may want to give bikes another look. While they may not include Dr. Seuss’ “Mike”, the new wave of electric bikes (ebikes) includes some impressive battery power.
At the Consumer Electronic show last week, Sanyo unveiled their new Eneloop Electric Bike which looks like your typical bike, but will take over for the hard stuff (or if you just aren’t in the mood to pedal) . With the battery neatly tucked away and weighing only a few pounds, you can ride the Sanyo as you would any other bike whether you’re in the city or the suburbs. And when the going gets tough, the battery gets going.
While it’s freezing outside, don’t freeze your workout routine. Staying active in the winter can be a feat of willpower when it is tempting to hibernate. Here are a few suggestions to keep your heart pumping and muscles flexing despite the ice and snow.
Life isn’t simple but your choice of shoes should be.
Simple ShoesecoSneaks are the coolest thing that’s happened in athletic shoes in ages. The lines of sneaker for men and women are made entirely of eco-friendly materials, like hemp and organic cotton. I tested the Women’s Satire in silk and the Men’s Tuba in hemp and have fallen madly in love.
The Satire is a silk sneaker with certified organic cotton laces and a fun organic cotton lining. Silk sneaker? That’s what I thought but as it turns out, silk is a natural protein fiber that keeps your feet cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool. I love the red, which has super cute pink piping.
The Tuba is a 100 percent vegan shoe, which is made using no animal byproducts. The exterior is certified organic hemp, which is grown quickly without the use of pesticides. The sneaks come with Recycled PET Laces. PET is made of recycled soda bottles
The shoe bed on both styles is made of super soft and squishy polyurethane and recycled car tire, and these babies have some bounce. They are super comfortable for cruising around town or even for jobs which require standing for long periods of time.
Even Simple Shoes’ boxes are earth friendly; they are made of post-consumer recycled paper, soy based printing ink, natural latex and starch-based glue.
The company is moving towards 100 percent sustainability with its Green Toe initiative. Progress in Green Toe is measured with a scale called “good, better, best.” The best category represents our most sustainable shoes and bags and sets the bar for the rest of the line. Moving forward these same innovative materials and constructions will be found in the good and better categories, raising the bar for the best products.
Simple Shoes is a company whose products you can purchase and wear with pride, and that is no simple feat.