Now, more than ever, the sneaker is our friend. With a weekly routine that could consist of any mixture of working out, commuting to the office, and then walking the same six-block neighborhood radius, comfort and ease rule just about every sartorial decision we make — and sneakers check off each of those boxes (with added bonus points for personal-style expression, too). But when it comes to sustainability, our favorite supportive shoe isn't always as eco-friendly.
Many sneakers can be heavy on non-biodegradable synthetics, which ultimately contributes to the pile-up of plastic that’s seeping into every surface on the planet (even the atmosphere). Luckily, there's a growing host of footwear brands working to come up with a more sustainable solution: styles with all the bounce, comfort, and swag that we look for in the perfect white tennis shoe or comfortable running shoe, without all of the waste and environmental degradation that's commonly associated with sneakers. Think instead: sustainable sneakers with recycled and vegan materials, and sustainable sneaker brands with planet-friendly and circularity initiatives.
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