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Biodegradable Sneakers Could Revolutionize Sustainable Fashion

Biodegradable Sneakers Could Revolutionize Sustainable Fashion

Social norms have taught us that wearing shoes is a must if you expect clean carpets and prompt service at gas stations. Although there’s nothing more freeing than going barefoot on a summer’s day, it’s tough to argue with a nice warm pair of shoes during the more inclement seasons.

One problem with shoes is that it’s hard to know what to do with them when they are worn or damaged beyond repair. Some recycling programs exist, but they often require shipping or other inconvenient processes to get them to the right recycling facility.

That’s why one European company decided to integrate a sustainable disposal option right into the shoe itself, putting the responsibility (and joy) of recycling back into the hands (or should I say onto the feet?) of the people who wear them.

Oat Shoe Biodegradable Fashion

Based in Amsterdam, OAT Shoes is a brand-new initiative in shoe design combining attractive style and biodegradable materials to produce sneakers that not only look good, but leave no mark on the environment when you throw them out. Bury them in the garden, woods or compost, water regularly and flowers will bloom from your old kicks!

ďThe future of fashion lies in a reconciliation between nature and industry,” say the creators on their (soon to be old) website. “OAT Shoes strives to lead the way to that future.Ē

Many leaders in the sustainable fashion industry are convinced that mainstream adoption of more environmentally-friendly clothing will only occur when people see that they no longer have to choose between “green” and “stylish.” The more often these two qualities can reside in the same product, the more likely it is to be appreciated by a wide audience.

The OAT Shoes creators agree:

“Considering the amount of sexy sneakers out there, odds are style is what makes the difference and we canít really blame you, because thatís how we choose our shoes,” reads the current website. “Still, we donít agree with the situation: we want to be able to choose green and style. And since that doesnít seem to exist, we decided to take the first step with OAT Shoes. May it cater to all of you in search of some conscious style!”

Stay in touch with this (soon to be very popular) company on Facebook and Twitter.

Also Check Out:
New Ways To Recycle Old Shoes
Recycling Batteries, Light Bulbs, And Sneakers
Introducing The World’s First Truly Biodegradable Water Bottle

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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11:54PM PST on Dec 26, 2014

Good idea, but how well do they work as a running shoe?

11:31PM PST on Dec 26, 2014

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5:58AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

love it!

5:52PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Great idea.

3:03PM PST on Feb 25, 2012


7:37AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

that's good.......i think i have seen 3 or 4 differnent biodegradable shoes for sale...

2:07PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

I definitely want to get my hands on a pair of these, they are so creative and GREEN! :D

7:58AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

ship to australia! :P

7:52AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

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