With UNC Blue and Black accents, the TaoSneakers High White University Blue Black has a white leather upper. The most recent iteration of AJ1 Highs comes with black and white laces. A white midsole with a UNC Blue outsole supports the shoe.
Avoiding environmental guilt when wearing white shoes
Finding environmentally responsible solutions makes shopping, which can be challenging at the best of times, considerably more challenging. Welcome to our Sustainable Shopping series, where we ask experts to provide simple eco-friendly recommendations for both large and little purchases.
It's hardly surprising that White University sneakers are now in style since they go well with almost anything and almost everyone. In 2015, Adidas sold eight million pairs of the recognizable Stan Smiths (not including the knockoffs)
In any four weeks, about 800,000 Australians purchase a pair of athletic shoes. This translates to an astounding 10.4 million pairs sold annually. Nike sells 25 pairs of shoes per second worldwide.
But have you ever thought about how your favorite footwear affects the environment? Shoes include hidden costs related to materials and manufacture, yet it is feasible to discover inexpensive pairs.
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13 kg of CO2 is produced by a pair of runners.
While there hasn't been much research on how fashion affects the environment, one study discovered that the manufacture of a pair of running shoes produces 13kg of carbon dioxide. The manufacturing of the materials used, such as leather, nylon, synthetic rubber, plastic, and viscose, also harms the environment.
Because they often include several individual pieces, sneakers typically have a higher carbon footprint than other styles of shoes. This entails processes including heating, cutting, stitching, foaming, and injection molding.
Another aspect is the location of the shoe factory. The majority of sneakers in the world are produced in China, which in 2016 accounted for 76.8% of the market for footwear manufacture. Due to their heavy reliance on fossil fuels, China's manufacturers have a greater negative environmental effect.
So let's take a short glance at your footwear. The environmental cost of the production of rubber, synthetic leather, and leather is more than you may imagine.
The many materials needed to make White University sneakers. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Raisin/the Conversation Leather
The leather tanning business harms the environment. Facilities produce a lot of solid and liquid waste and need a lot of water for waste treatment, which affects the quality of the land and water.
Using hazardous chemicals and heavy metals like chromium, which have been linked to cancer in leather workers, is also expensive for human health.
The bulk of leather is made from cowhide, which hurts the environment. The primary worldwide cause of deforestation is the cattle sector. 65% of the greenhouse gas emissions from cattle are caused by it.
Alternatives to leather include vegetable-tanned leather, chrome-free leather, and products formed of pineapple leaves, such as Pilates.
Even while synthetic leather, which is utilized in the lining of the majority of sneakers as well as vegan footwear, is more environmentally friendly than leather, it still has drawbacks. It is often built of polymers like polyurethane and PVC, both of which have hazardous chemical constituents. Additionally, it is not biodegradable like leather.
As an alternative, look for fabrics made of hemp, jute, wool, organic cotton, Pilates, recycled PET, or vegetable-tanned leather.
You’re Earth, for
Replica Nike with uppers made from recycled plastic bottles. The business goes over and above by utilizing recycled rubber soles and organic cotton laces, and it also plants a tree for each pair of shoes it sells.