According to Planet Shoes, it can take 1,000 years for the sole of a typical shoe to fully degrade.
1,000 years! Let that sink in and stir you up.
Knowing this puts an entirely different spin on buying footwear. At least, for me.
No more popping into a shop and picking up whatever strikes my fancy. Now, it takes time, research, and thought.
But, the process can be simplified if you have a helpful information resource and take to a reliable, eco-friendly brand or two.
Planet Shoes is one place that offers a simple guide to sustainable shoe facts. The online store provides:
- a list 40 “Eco Brands” (see warning below);
- A list of “Eco Logical Materials”.
But buyer beware. Here are 4 factors to consider when you are seeking less environmental impact from your footgear.
My neighbor’s honey bees have died. All of them.
She said, in a friendly, but sarcastic tone, “Don’t worry, we won’t have bees but we’ll all have cell phones.”
There is a fantastic die off of bees all around the world, which could have a dramatic impact on the production of fruits and vegetables that require pollination.
In her article, A World Without Bees, timethief reports:
“Can you imagine a world without bees? Entomologists are studying the reasons behind an enormous bee die off. They call it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and if they cannot find a solution the 80% of fruits and vegetables that require pollination may not make it to market. Places bees can forage for pollen without being poisoned by pesticides have dramatically declined, and the cause of CCD appears to be related to diseases from pesticides, but no one is certain.”
Worldwide, the equivalent of 27,000 trees are flushed down the toilet everyday, adding up to almost 10 million trees a year.
Astounding, isn’t it?
That’s only 10% of the 270,000 “trees” worth of paper-related products that are discarded each day in landfills and water systems.
On top of that, according to Treehugger:
“Making a roll of toilet paper uses 1.5 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water and 1.3 KWh of of electricity.”
How can Mother Earth possibly keep up with us humans?