6 Of The Best Sustainable Sneakers | Men’s Health Magazine Australia
A good pair (or five) of sneakers is a necessity but if you want to (literally) kick your sustainability goals, then look no further.
Rick Burke, head of sport at THE ICONIC explains that “one of the biggest shifts taking place in sportswear (and the wider fashion industry as a whole) is the growing movement amongst consumers for greater transparency on where and how their clothes are made.”
Here are the best bits of eco-friendly footwear you can buy.
1. Nike’s ‘Space Hippie’
Will be available in Autumn
Nike’s latest addition – the Space Hippie – is created using what they call ‘Space Waste Yarn.’ This material is made from 100 percent recycled material — including recycled plastic water bottles and t-shirts, taking the company one step closer to their aim of creating a closed-loop economy.
2. allbirds wool running shoe
From across the ditch come allbirds, a sustainable sneaker brand made predominantly from superfine New Zealand Merino wool. Although there’s nothing sheep-ish about them with a simple no-fuss design, they are made for comfort and the planet. They naturally stay cool in the heat and warm in the cold and – because of wool’s amazing antibacterial properties – they won’t get as stinky!
3. VEJA V10
Brazilian brand VEJA has been making sustainable sneakers since 2005. They use wild rubber for in their insoles, are lined with recycled polyester and pride themselves in being completely transparent to the extent of where their organic cotton is produced, how many chemicals are used and how much their labourers are paid. And did we mention that they look great?
4. TOMS Low Sneakers
Another amazing B-corp business is TOMS who are truly making a difference. Their footwear range looks great and feels better. With every pair you buy they give one to a child in need.
5. Ecoalf logo strap sneakers
Ecoalf repurpose old shipping nets, tyres and coffee grounds to create a shoe that looks great and are eco-friendly. Priding themselves on fighting for the planet, it’s no wonder Ecoalf have a cult-like following.
6. adidas x Parley
The adidas x Parley collection is made from plastic trash that has been collected from remote beaches and coastal communities. The Alpha Bounce line is designed for performance and built to last and complements their matching activewear collection.
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