Compostable Sneakers, Anyone?

So, I’m talking about compost. Again. Yesterday I wrote about how to compost fabrics. And today?

Well, I wanted to dive into the world of sneakers. Yes, there are some sneakers you can compost. Take  a look:

These sneakers look just like any other sneakers, right? Well, they’re just a bit different than the shoes you already have on your feet. These amazing sneakers, made by Oat Shoes, are 100% biodegradable. Yeah, that includes the sole.

Oat is based in Amsterdam, and they recently won second prize in the Amsterdam Green Fashion Award. Yippee!

I was sad that there wasn’t more detailed information on their website. I wanted to know what these shoes are made of, and why the sole especially can be composted.

Any Other Compostable Shoes?

Once I saw these awesome shoes (which, sadly, aren’t available for purchase yet) I started to wonder…were there any other shoes out there which could be composted? So, I started digging. And here’s what I found out…

Simple makes a few shoes out of jute and hemp that could be composted. And one style, the Green Toe, Simple claims can be entirely composted. Take a look at Simple’s Eco Sneaks, made from cotton and hemp…

I also have a feeling that certain shoes by Tom’s could be composted…especially those from their Vegan line. Take a look…

Although the body is cotton canvas (which would be down) the soles are made with recyclable materials…it wouldn’t break down on a compost pile. But all you’d have to do is fish it out eventually!

What I love about Tom’s is that they give back in a big way. For every pair of shoes you buy, Tom’s will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. They call it their One For One program. And, I think it rocks!

I love supporting companies who make an effort to give back, so if you need a sweet pair of slip ons for spring then give Tom’s a try…you’ll get an eco-friendly pair of shoes and feel going that somewhere, a child got a pair of shoes they really needed. Yay!

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2 Responses to “Compostable Sneakers, Anyone?”

  1. I love the look of the Oat Shoes, but I despise Tom’s. Thanks for the post!

  2. 3overhead…