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.