Eco-friendly shoes made of recycled materials

Walk comfortably with earth-friendly kicks.

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And don't forget to wear and repair—not throw away!—the shoes you already have in your closet.Nick Miller via Unsplash

Roughly 300 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills every year in the U.S. alone. To lessen your impact on our planet, try some eco-friendly shoes that are made out of recycled materials. Here are a few for your feet:

Saola Cannon Vegan Shoes, Men’s and Women’s
Made out of recycled bottles.Amazon

Saola is a vegan shoe company named after one of the most endangered (and adorable) animals on our planet. These sneakers are made out of recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton, natural cork, and recycled algae foam. On top of that, they’re comfortable (padded ankles, foam outsoles, mesh linings) and are super lightweight, which makes them good for traveling. Saola is also a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning a portion of all purchases go toward the Mwalua Wildlife Trust. They’ve got several styles to choose from, too.

Reebok Lifestyle Unisex NPC UK Cotton & Corn
100 percent recyclable packaging.Amazon

These comfy and casual sneakers are perfect for everyday wear. All of the materials are natural: the linings are made out of cotton, and the cushioned insole from castor bean oil, and the outsole from corn. Even better, the packaging the shoes come in is 100 percent recyclable.

Veja Sneakers, Men’s and Women’s
A beloved shoe.Amazon

Veja sneakers are chic and international—they’re a French brand that manufactures their shoes in Brazil (the word ‘veja’ is the Portuguese-Brazilian word for ‘look’) and have been sported by the likes of Duchess Megan Markle. But more importantly, they use organic, recycled, and fairly traded materials for their shoes, in addition to fairly traded rubber for the soles. These sneakers are classic and go with any casual outfit.