Dwarfed by the thunderous roar of the elevated freeway, I felt an urge to jump on a return flight. A busy metropolis, Honolulu instantly overwhelmed me with its overcrowded, unending expanse of concrete and construction juxtaposed against an innocent sky, sea, and smattering of proud peaks. Houses, stacked one just above and behind the other, tightly lined every hillside. High risers dotted the stuffed lowlands.
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.
The last decade weighs in as one of the most difficult of my life. Like being lost in a jungle after nightfall, threats seemed to lurk behind every tree. I often wondered, “Will I ever get out alive?”
Moments of desperation, hopelessness, and despair punctuated my generally optimistic disposition. At times, the breath of death rasped far too close, till I had to turn and look straight in its face.
Personal betrayal, loss and separation, nudged to let go of a dear career, mysterious illness, cross-country and cross-continental moves. On a stress scale all that adds up to a very high score. The stress then folds in on itself multiplying the angst even more. Perhaps this is par for the course in the human realm, but it all seemed exceedingly difficult, overwhelming, and endless to me.
Yet, I endured. I’m stronger, more resilient, and clear as a shiny new pot. At long last, the stars realigned in a more generous and friendly way, streaming the light of insight over all those dark years. So I thought I would share a selection of the potent lessons learned to encourage and inspire those who may be struggling with their own specially tailored version of adversity.