Environmentally Friendly Running Shoes

Sure running is good for your health, but have you ever considered how your footwear impacts the environment? From plastics that have been found in rivers, food supply and polar bear livers and may cause health issues, to cotton which emits harmful chemicals into the environment (16% of global pesticides are used in cotton production!) to rubber which also utilizes a long list of harmful chemicals, sneaker production can actually be a nightmare for the eco-conscious. Here are three environmentally conscious running shoes that will decrease the footprint of your running habit.


From sustainable product materials to transparency to climate action, Brooks has incredible environmental integrity. They have outlined each of their initiatives thoroughly here. They are also great running shoes. I absolutely love mine, they are well-designed, comfortable and make me feel super speedy ;)


Adidas teamed up with Parley for the Oceans to create Adidas x Parley, a line of shoes that uses reclaimed and recycled from marine plastic waste and illegal deep-sea fishing gillnets for the upper.


Vivobarefoot Mesh Trail Runners are made from recycled plastic, have an insole that is made from 10% algae and are incredibly lightweight, making them great for travel. Vivobarefoot has committed to using 90% sustainable materials by 2020.


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