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:
Made out of recycled bottles.
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.
100 percent recyclable packaging.
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.
A beloved shoe.
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.