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Caring for the environment is not only about recycling garbage or reducing water consumption. We can also do it by choosing what clothes to wear.
In a world where consumerism and the tendency to rarely use what is bought, new proposals for ecological clothing or even the idea of reusing clothes that other people have used does not seem to be very attractive for everyone. However, the principles of the circular economy and triple impact are, little by little, changing that way of thinking.
As for the footwear we use, there are other more sustainable alternatives such as fixing it, donating it, or acquiring others made with sustainable materials. Some sports shoes on the market are made from rubber from tire scraps, others from nylon scraps and fabrics, or from recycled PET plastic bottles, caps, and cotton.
The soles of some footwear are made with end-of-life tires. This technology is combined with reused fabrics of different origins such as jeans, work clothes, and textile waste.
In this sense, the production of sports footwear not only reduces environmental pollution but also reduces the carbon footprint, and generates genuine work for people excluded from the system, integrating them into the productive circuit.
End of life tires is a global problem. They are currently buried in landfills, occupying a large volume in landfills. Its degradation time is about 600 years. One end-of-life tire equals 30 pairs of shoe soles.
In some cases, tires are incinerated, causing great pollution to the environment, also affecting people's health. In others, their inappropriate arrangement in public spaces creates an environment conducive to the appearance of rodents and mosquitoes that can transmit various endemic diseases.
Sustainable footwear comes in various models and colors. They can be combined with jeans, dresses, soleras, skirts, pants, and shorts, according to the personal style of each one. In some cases, the shoelaces are also made of recycled materials.
In the ecological shoe market, there are some recycled tires that combine 100% organic cotton fabrics. They are manufactured using a vulcanizing process, a technique in which the rubber is heated until the parts are fused by temperature. In this process, neither glues nor chemical additives are used.
Materials used to create sustainable shoes include reclaimed nylon scraps from the nets used by fishermen and consumer plastic scraps. There are also recycled apple skin slippers, made with the remains of this exquisite fruit.