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November 28, 2011

Green Your Feet: Friendly Footwear

Boot plantTo go green, you've got to start from the bottom and work your way up. This week's tips, then, are about how to take steps to minimize your literal footprint.

Tip #1: Invest in earthy shoes.

You probably know about Toms' buy-one-give-one model. Other shoemakers are following that company's lead, so when it’s time for new footwear, choose an eco-brand. OAT shoes, for example, biodegrade to 90% in six months if they're in ideal soil (don’t worry: they need microbes to do so, so they won’t disintegrate on your feet). Simple Shoes are made from hemp, recycled paper, cork, bamboo, old tires, and other stuff that was once landfill-bound. For designer kicks, look to Beyond Skin, whose vegan high heels use faux leather. For more eco-shoe ideas, click here.

Tip #2: Compost your clippings.

Tip #3: Don't pick up hitchhikers.

Tip #4: Buy the right socks.

Tell us: What's earthy about your feet?

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