From how they’re made to what happens when we’re done with them, shoes are leaving a huge footprint on our planet.
From how shoes are made...
A typical pair of running shoes generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions*, most of which comes from the manufacturing process. If the footwear industry were a country, it would be the 17th largest polluter in the world**. And the footwear market is growing.
*Source: MIT News
To what shoes are made from...
Conventional plastic is the most common material used in tens of billions of manufactured shoes per year. Every piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists today and will continue to for thousands of years. Conventional plastic and EVA plastic foams currently used in footwear are also processed using toxic chemical additives that further pollute the planet we love.
To what happens when we’re done with our shoes...
There are no current end-of-life solutions in the footwear industry. As a result, the vast majority of shoes get tossed into landfills, where they release chemicals and toxins for thousands of years as they slowly break down. Our industry needs a new approach that effectively addresses the entire product creation process as well as the end-of-life cycle for footwear.