Social Thinking: Making Footwear Sustainable in a World of Fast Fashion
by Sean ScottAugust 23, 2019
On average, the construction of a shoe requires about twenty parts. Multiply those twenty parts by the millions of shoes that people wear every year, plus each shoe box and shipping label, and that’s a lot of potential shoe production waste.
Thankfully, many shoe companies are reinventing their process to become more sustainable.
So, how can shoe companies reduce their carbon footprint?
Here are some factors that can help the future of sustainable footwear:
Using resources that can be reused and repaired, to minimize waste
Designing better-quality shoes to make them last longer
Using more eco-friendly energy sources
Cleaning materials in order to avoid toxic dyes and chemicals that pollute our cities and water sources
Taking advantage of local materials and local manufacturers to minimize CO₂ impact
Implementing transparency and accountability between manufacturers and suppliers in order to maximize efficiency and production development, while also committing to making a social impact
Using eco-friendly packaging when it comes to transporting and distributing materials
Manufacturing practices contribute heavily to the sustainable footwear industry. Transparency and locality of footwear production create less waste and more efficiency.
Right now, since many manufacturing companies are not local, shipping cargo from overseas are creating a hazard for the environment. For example, crates falling overboard in the ocean polluting waterways and flights to and from factory visits are contributing to pollution of CO2 of airways. Manufacturing locally not only benefits more transparency and efficiency between the factory and the footwear companies, but also contributes to a more eco-friendly world, consequently reducing carbon footprints and engaging easier communication between shoemakers and footwear retailers.
Here at COMUNITYmade, our footwear is manufactured locally in Los Angeles and dedicated to advocating a better world in which efficient transparency exists between us and our manufacturers. We believe restoring factories to the U.S. will drastically reduce global shipments that produce mass energy and constant overseas travels – to and from factories – while also encouraging locally-made materials, when it comes to footwear.
Of course, there are over 7 billion people on the planet who will do just fine without these sneakers. In fact, the vast majority of them live without most of the running shoes, dress shoes, athletic shoes, or even the arch-support safety shoes you already have in your closet. So now what? Well, if you’re thinking of buying a new pair of sneakers, why not do some good for the planet and as well as, help some of the people right here in the United States?
For shoe aficionados, the most obvious answer to this question is, “A life without shoes would be a life without joy!” All kidding aside (for now), the global footwear market is estimated to be worth 382 billion dollars. That’s about 200 times larger than the gigantic California PowerBall Lottery win in November 2022.
When it comes to back pain, shoes are often the last thing anyone thinks about. They might see a chiropractor. They might try yoga. They’ll even try a very expensive new mattress. Millions of people across the country suffer from back pain. Andresearch shows back painis one of the leading causes of missed work.
We want to help make sure that your new shoes have the best fit possible.
We have created a separate fit for men and women to provide the ultimate foot hugging comfort. Our sockliner and upper materials will naturally mold to your foot and stretch out after a short period of time, so do allow for this when trying our shoes on initially.
In general, our shoes are running closer to an everyday shoe fit vs. an athletic shoe fit and can be worn with or without socks - but the socks have to be eye catching for best results.
Any variances from this chart will be noted on each individual product page.