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Why Biodegradable Footwear Is Beneficial For Us

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Biodegradable shoes are revolutionizing footwear for the future

The number of shoes in your closet is multiplied by the number of shoes in the world. That means that 24 billion pairs were made in 2018 alone! But, did you know that less than 5% of those shoes are recycled, leaving hundreds of millions left in the landfill forever. 

You might be thinking, why don't people recycle or donate? It’s because most shoes are not biodegradable, and this is the problem. If you have feet, this should concern you. 

Read on to find out how biodegradable footwear can serve your feet and the planet you walk on. 

What are biodegradable shoes?

When it comes to being eco-friendly, our minds are an obstacle. Sustainable change involves two things:

  1.  Greater awareness and
  2.  Better decisions.

As consumers, we communicate with money. What you pay for, you support. While it's easy to adopt the out of sight, out of mind mentality, it has grave consequences. If you don’t own eco-friendly shoes, your purchase supports the manufacturing process, the materials, and the landfill. Huge bummer. We know you want to be kind and eco-friendly, and it's true that you might think, "Well, I'll have these shoes for a while, so it'll be worth the money." But unfortunately, recycling or donating your shoes doesn't decrease landfill decomposition. The only way to stop the statistics from growing is to buy biodegradable footwear which includes compostable shoes, biodegradable sandals, biodegradable sneakers or biodegradable running shoes. 

Nowadays, it's tempting to justify buying non-sustainable footwear with "I'm not the only one!" or "It's the manufacturer's fault." These are common excuses that neglect how long it takes for rubber soles (50-80 years) to decompose. The lifespan of your average shoe doesn't even last a quarter of this time. So, what can you do about it? You have 100% control! You can either buy biodegradable footwear or not buy anything at all.

Here's how it works:

In order to get shoe-smart, you'll need to know what materials shoes are made from. For instance, most shoes are made from rubber, plastic, and leather. But not all materials are biodegradable. Shoes contain chemicals, glue, stitching, and a lot of other materials that can't be recycled in a traditional landfill. When it comes to materials in shoes, the synthetic is better and it is better to know your synthetic materials. 

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Why vegan?

The cruelty of using animal skin for shoes is bad enough, but then to use toxic chemicals to preserve them? That's an ouch. When it comes to food, it's obvious that unrecognizable ingredients indicate chemicals. The same goes for the body: you wouldn't want chemicals on your body, and you don't want them in your body either. For this reason, we are listing down the materials that go into making biodegradable shoes or biodegradable slippers. 

Biodegradable materials

Finding a quality pair of shoes is a challenge. Why? Consumerism has made shopping a mind game. The stats and facts are not on the shoe box, so how do I know if my shoes are biodegradable? Without environmental labelling, you won't be able to tell. Why? There's a reason for that. Environmentally friendly shoes do have labelling, so when it comes to finding the best quality biodegradable slippers for your feet and the earth, look for these keywords:

  1. Vegan
  2. Recycled materials
  3. Bio-based and organic claims
  4. Responsibly sourced
  5. Carbon neutral
  6. Eco-friendly
  7. Sustainably certified

One way to tell if the shoes you're buying were made without any chemicals is by looking for biodegradable materials. You'll know that we use no chemicals and promote sustainability. These are the materials we use to make biodegradable footwear:

1. Recycled cotton

biodegradable shoes - Recycled Cotton

2. Nylon 

biodegradable shoes - Recycled Nylon

3. Polyester

biodegradable shoes - Recycled polyester

The materials we use can reduce waste and can also be a part of the latest trends in fashion. Our Ultimate guide to recycled footwear fashion will help you understand what’s trendy, good for the environment, and also comfortable at the same time. When you buy recycled footwear from us, you're not just getting great products and a great deal. You're also making a difference in the world and do your part to help the environment by reducing waste and working towards eco-friendly practices by buying biodegradable slippers or compostable shoes. 

The only way to combat the projected 40 billion pair shoe production come 2025 is with biodegradable sneakers or compostable sandals. These shoes are not only a solution to the problem of slow decomposition, but they are also compostable and counteract landfill pollution long-term.

Biodegradable Shoes: The Latest Trend in Footwear

Sustainable footwear has many benefits that can help us protect both our environment and economy. Not only does it use fewer chemicals, fossil materials, and water than traditional footwear, it also helps companies cut emissions. Furthermore, sustainable footwear utilizes Earth's resources so they can return to the Earth. 

Are biodegradable slippers your thing? Great! These shoes are not just for your feet. They will also last long after you're finished with them. The best part? They're biodegradable, so they're good for the environment too. 

 

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Walk this world with a different perspective

There's a quote by Maya Angelou: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, you do better". It's hard to keep buying conventional shoes when there are eco-friendly shoes, compostable shoes, biodegradable sandals, biodegradable sneakers, and biodegradable running shoes waiting to be worn by you. If you talk the eco talk and really want to walk the walk, biodegradable shoes are the only way to go. 

 

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