Women love shoes. And most will be very pleased to know that we have the chance to be fashionable and eco-friendly at the same time by using eco-friendly shoes.
Eco shoes are shoes manufactured using methods and materials that are both sustainable and eco-friendly. In addition, conventional shoes repaired or refurbished to be reused are also considered eco-friendly.
Below are some materials commonly used in the manufacturing of eco-conscious shoes:
1. Hemp Shoes
This plant is a renewable resource used to make all kinds of products like paper, clothing, and body products. It is a fast-growing plant produced without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. It is comfortable, durable, and breathable which makes it an excellent material for shoes.
2. Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is grown without pesticides unlike regular cotton. This material is biodegradable and just as comfortable as regular cotton but does not hurt the environment.
Bamboo is a renewable source that grows fast and without the use of pesticides. It is a great choice for shoes since it helps reduce shoe odor.
4. Recycled Plastic
Some shoe manufacturers are using recycled plastic in the manufacturing of shoe laces and elastic.
5. Inner Tubes
Many manufactures are now using the inner rubber tubes from tires to make soles for athletic shoe and sneakers.
6. Natural Rubber
Natural rubber which comes from the sap of the rubber tree, is a renewable source used to make soles and water-resistant fabric.
7. Carpet Padding
Recycled from old carpets, this material makes comfortable, flexible soles for shoes.
Yes, cork! Cork is harvested from the cork oak tree without the need of cutting it down. It is a perfect material for eco-conscious shoes because it’s light, durable, soft and anti-microbial.
We see more and more companies manufacturing “green” shoes that are both stylish yet good for our planet, and many well known brands are now starting to offer a green option to their environmentally conscious customers. So next time you are looking for a great pair of new shoes, keep our planet in mind and give eco-friendly shoes a chance!