Sustainable Sneakers

Are you a sneaker addict but also concerned about the environment? George Sullivan, CEO, The Sole Supplier who has written a helpful guide for consumers to make more informed, eco-conscious buying decisions. Check it out.

  1. Hang onto your sneakers for as long as you can

Try investing in more ‘classic’ looks, rather than just the latest ‘fads’, as these are the pairs that will really stand the test of time.

  1. Take care

Take better care of your shoes in the first place, by gently washing them and polishing them until they are no longer wearable.

  1. Have some good quality sneakers you’re not wearing?

Take them to your nearest op shop or donate to Shoes for Planet Earth.

  1. Have some really worn sneakers?

Nike recycles any sneakers with their Reuse-A-Shoe programme. It turns them into ‘Nike Grind’, which is used to create courts, tracks, playgrounds and fields.

  1. Check the source

Sustainable brands are not just about environmentally friendly materials. They should also be transparent about the people who contribute to its supply chain.

The most sustainable brands are B Corp certified. This is a certification awarded to companies that meet certain standards of social and environmental purpose. Check brand websites for more details.

  1. Look for alternative materials

 

Leather alternatives: Look for chrome-free leather, vegetable tanned leather or alternatives like Piñatex (made from pineapple leaves), recycled PET or textiles including hemp, organic cotton or wool.

 

Rubber alternatives: Look for natural or wild rubber. This is cultivated to prevent deforestation.