7 Eco-friendly Sneakers You Can Actually Get Active In

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Sometimes, the trade-off to buying something that's more eco-friendly may mean that we lose some of the performance qualities from the conventional item. Some eco-friendly sneakers, for example, are incredible in their use of healthier fiber choices. But because of this particular focus being prioritized over other things like comfort and performance, it ends up begin difficult to find trainers that are both consciously made and well-supported enough for us to walk all day or exercise in.

Good thing eco-minded brands are improving the performance properties and comfort of their products, and conventional brands are also taking steps towards greening their supply chain. So our options are only increasing by the day!

And yes, we are way more than a month into the new year. But it's never too late to get started on your new exercise goals, even if that's just to walk and bike more over driving this year.

So browse through the following 7 eco-conscious sneakers you can actually get active in, treat yourself to something you fancy in advance, and get active!

 

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Vivo Barefoot

Highlights: Uses rPET (recycled plastic fibers), cork, naturally tanned wild hides, and virgin synthetic materials only when there are no better eco alternatives with equal durability and performance qualities; barefoot shoes that allow your feet to feel the natural textures of outdoor terrains for a closer connection to earth and stronger feet
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Outdoor activities in all terrains, hiking, running, biking, athleisure

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*Learn more about why barefoot shoes are beneficial to our health from VIVO BAREFOOT's founder on Green Dreamer Podcast.

 
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Reebok Cotton + Corn

Highlights: Made from organic cotton upper and corn based sole; shipped with 100% recycled packaging
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: All-day walking, light gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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Alphaboost parley Shoes

Highlights: Incorporation of recycled fibers from ocean plastic waste; well cushioned soles from Adidas' expertise in athletic footwear
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Training, running, hiking, gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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Allbirds Wool Runner

Highlights: Use of ZQ-Certified wool to ensure stringent animal welfare standards and environmental stewardship; Certified B Corp company
Investment: $$

Suitable for: All day walking, city strolls, traveling, leisure biking, athleisure

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EcoAlf

Highlights: Use of recycled plastic from trashed plastic bottles and recycled nylon from up-cycled fishing nets; commitment to up-cycling waste into valuable products
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Training, running, hiking, gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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The People's Movement

Highlights: Uses up-cycled fibers, organic cotton fibers, water-based glues, rubber, etc.; supports 5 Gyres Organization
Investment: $$

Suitable for: Training, light running, hiking, gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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Skye Footwear

Highlights: Biodegradable and recyclable parts
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Light training, walking, traveling, hiking, biking, athleisure

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Note: Most eco-friendly sneakers still incorporate nonbiodegradable, plastic-based materials due to their performance properties. EVA foam, for example, can almost always be found in the soles of running shoes to give them that supportive, light cushion. However, we are excited to see the substitution of more and more virgin synthetic threads with recycled synthetic threads (like some of the above), or the experimentation with using biodegradable, low-impact fibers such as certified wool instead. Again, we're all about celebrating progress over perfection, so yay to the above sneakers!

Additional note: Remember to make the most of everything you already own first, swap or borrow from friends, browse through some of our favorite secondhand or consignment shops or thrift stores near you, then prioritize quality and durability over quantity with everything new you purchase!


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