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Eco-Friendly Shoe Brands For Men

Fair Trade And Sustainable Shoe Brands For Men

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Part of living a sustainable lifestyle means forgoing fast fashion and embracing sustainable shoes and clothing. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with fast fashion, it’s a term that is used to describe the mass production of “trendy” shoes and clothing at a fast rate and at a low cost. 

While fast fashion may result in affordable shoes and clothing for consumers, this approach tends to fail long-term. You see, if you purchase cheap fashion, chances are, you won’t get to wear it for very long. It’s poor quality. Perhaps that’s why people are constantly buying new shoes—all the more reason to switch to sustainable shoe brands.

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Sustainable footwear is made from eco-friendly material that’s either recycled or plant-based. Some good examples of environmentally friendly material for sustainable shoe making consist of plastic bottles, hemp, cork, algae foam, organic cotton and natural rubber.

Sustainable shoe brands are also transparent. Go on any sustainable shoe website and you’ll see their backstory, where they source their material from, and where their factories are located—something you don’t typically see with big box brands.

With that said, sustainable shoes are ethically made in factories that are void of child labor. Some of them even provide healthcare and education opportunities to their employees—even if they’re located overseas. In other words, these factors help make a difference in poverty stricken locations. Hence, by buying a pair of sustainable shoes, you’re supporting a good cause. 

If all of the info above sounds good and you’re ready to add some sustainable footwear into your daily routine, check out these eco-friendly shoe brands. 

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Hey Dude

Hey Dude

This brand is all about comfort, durability and style. The Hey Dude brand makes their shoes with sustainable material like organic cotton and recycled plastic. Even their packaging is made from 100% biodegradable cornstarch.  
SHOP HEY DUDE

Vintage Foundry Co

Vintage Foundry Co Co

Vintage Foundry shoes are a mix of old school soul with a contemporary edge. Their eco-friendly urban shoe line consists of recycled rubber soles and water-proof nylon fabric. These shoes are perfect for both rough terrain and running errands downtown. SHOP VINTAGE FOUNDRY

Saola Shoes

Saola 

Saola shoes has an awesome eco-friendly shoe line that consists of functional and stylish casual shoes for the everyday urban man. Their shoes are made from recycled and sustainable material such as recycled plastic bottles, cork and algae foam. They have a ton of variety to choose from and most of their shoes are under $100. SHOP SAOLA 

Astral

Astral

Astral shoes are some of the best sustainable outdoor shoes that you can own. These shoes are made from hemp, which means that they get softer as they get older, dry quickly and don’t rot if they get wet, they’re completely washable, come with waterproof shoelaces, and their insoles are treated with an anti-odor solution. 
SHOP ASTRAL

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Vivobarefoot 

Vivobarefoot

The Vivobarefoot shoe company is passionate about natural footwear. With that said, they believe that your shoes should bring you closer to nature—less padding and more feeling. That’s why Vivobarefoot has created the simplest active footwear possible that promote’s your foot’s natural strength and movement while being able to withstand the elements of the outdoors. SHOP VIVOBAREFOOT

Rackle

Rackle

Step into sustainability with the Men’s Alex Blue Nights Hemp Shoes from Rackle! Made from water-resistant, UV-resistant, and durable hemp fabric with biodegradable foam raised ribbed arches, these ultra-light sneakers give you everything you need in a shoe – and nothing you don’t. SHOP RACKLE

Sanuk

Sanuk

Sanuk carries a vegan shoe line made with canvas lining that’s breathable and ultra comfortable. These sustainable shoes also  contain a EVA footbed that provides cushioned comfort, and a low-profile cupsole with Happy Ü tread pattern for added traction and durability. SHOP SANUK

Vibram

Vibram

Vibram is stepping up their game in sustainable shoe making. These eco-friendly and sustainable shoes by Vibram are made from hemp, which doesn’t go bad if you get them wet. In fact, you can wash them and let them air dry. Hemp also gets softer as they age, which is the opposite of synthetic leather and other material. SHOP VIBRAM

5 Zero Waste Tips For Men


5 Simple beginner plastic swaps that men can make today to lower their carbon footprint

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The zero waste lifestyle is very inclusive—Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate who can practice an eco-friendly lifestyle and who can’t. It’s equally important for both genders to do their part and make a collective effort to lower humanity’s carbon footprint.

The reason that more men don’t make as much of an effort when it comes to green living is because the zero-waste industry doesn’t focus on the male gender as much as it does on women. There are barely any advertisements of men holding these products—it’s all women. I mean, do you know that there are zero-waste products made specifically for men? There are shampoo bars, natural deodorants, grooming kits, and even zero waste cologne bars that you probably don’t even know exist.

I’m hoping to bring awareness to this issue. That’s why I’ve included product recommendations in this article to show that not all zero-waste products are feminine. Zero-waste living, in general, is not feminine. It’s about doing what’s right as a human being to take care of this planet, and your body. Because zero-waste living is also healthy living. Plastic alternatives lead to less waste and cleaner air.

So let’s start today. It’s relatively easy to begin a zero waste lifestyle. And you probably already own some of these eco-friendly items, which shows that you’re already on the right path. And if not, you can gradually add them and apply them in everyday life.


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  1. Switch To A Reusable Water Bottle

Single-use plastic water bottles are horrible for both the environment and your health. When you switch to a reusable water bottle, you’re saving many single-use plastic water bottles from becoming a burden in landfills and our oceans. And even if landfill facilities have the capability to incinerate a good chunk of plastic bottles, it still doesn’t help our environment because incineration releases toxins into our air.

Another reason to switch to reusable water bottles and avoid single-use plastic bottles is your health. Plastic bottles leach hormone disrupting chemicals into the water and lead to health problems in the long run.

If you already have a favorite reusable water bottle or two, that’s great! Keep on using them! If you don’t and would like a recommendation, then consider TheCrazyCap2, which is an insulated, stainless steel water bottle with a pretty cool UV light gadget attached to the cap that sterilizes and purifies your water. It’s literally a self-cleaning plus purification system in one, and it’s pretty cool.

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2. Get A Reusable Straw

Single-use plastic straws are one of the most hated items in the world. Not only are they a burden on our landfills, they also pose a threat to our marine life. They end up in the nostrils of sea turtles or are ingested by sea creatures. You see, like other plastic items, plastic straws don’t biodegrade. They merely breakdown into smaller pieces—turning into micro plastics that fish and other sea creatures ingest.

Owning a reusable straw is the best zero-waste solution to this world-wide dilemma. But, if you’re a guy, you may have avoided getting one because a majority of them are too “pretty”—and that’s true. A lot of reusable straws are marketed towards women. They’re colorful, feminine and even a majority of advertisements contain only women using them. How is a man suppose to be motivated to purchase one?

But, rest assured that there are actually a lot of reusable straws that are very masculine. Take this collapsible straw by FinalStraw, for example. It’s dark, it’s compact and you can attach the case to your keychain or belt loop. No one will even suspect that a reusable straw is in there. It’s the perfect on-the-go straw for men who like simplicity.

FinalStraw


3. Switch To A Shampoo Bar

I can’t emphasize enough how great zero-waste shampoo bars truly are—especially for men. Traditional shampoo is packaged in plastic, which is bulky, takes up space, and made from harsh chemicals and ingredients that strip your hair of natural oils and can actually irritate the scalp. And if you suffer from dandruff or psoriasis, traditional shampoo can worsen your symptoms.

Shampoo bars, on the other hand, are biodegradable and made from nontoxic, all-natural and organic ingredients that get rid of grime and debris while soothing your skin and scalp. They’re great on beards and perfect for travel as well as camping—you never have to worry about it spilling all over your clothing.

There are a lot of really great shampoo bars for men, and Bossman shampoo bar is a great one to try. It’s a four-in-one cleansing bar that can be used on the hair, face, beard and body—which saves you money and there is no plastic packaging involved.

BossMan Shampoo Bar

4. USE A REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG

There are a ton of single-use plastic bags that fill up landfills and float around in oceans—and there is such an easy solution for this problem, yet people still choose to bag their groceries with plastic at the check out lanes. The reason? Convenience. Not everyone wants to purchase a reusable grocery bag, and those that do, usually end up forgetting them in their car.

Reusable bags don’t have to be an inconvenience. And no, they’re not feminine. In fact, some are really masculine and compact, like the ChicoBag. When it’s all folded up, you can’t even tell that it’s a bag. It even comes with a carabiner for easy carry into the store, and transforms into a large capacity shopping bag at the check out. The design itself is very outdoorsy and masculine and makes the perfect zero-waste shopping bag for men.

ChicoBag

5. USE TRAVEL UTENSILS

Reusable travel utensils are a great zero-waste product to own and come in handy when you’re traveling, camping and eating out. When you switch to reusable travel utensils, you’re able to avoid plastic cutlery which is sometimes wrapped in even more plastic.

And in addition to being a good steward of the Earth, you’re also keeping yourself germ-free. You see, restaurant utensils may not be as clean as you’d expect them to be. Plus, can you imagine how many people’s mouths one fork has visited? Thousands. This is the very reason that I, myself, have purchased a travel utensil kit.

Now, I get it—you’re a guy. You don’t want to be carrying around a “kit”. No worries. Because the same good people at FinalStraw, have invented FinalSpork. And it’s everything a minimalist’s heart desires: it’s a stainless steel spork that’s compact, disassembles, folds up, and you can attach it to your keychain or belt loop. Pretty cool, right? It’s the perfect on-the-go zero-waste utensil that would make McGyver proud.

FinalSpork

What swaps could you see yourself making?