"Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable - to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
- Bruntland Commision



Do you like the new look of our website? Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.

Still haven't watched
The Corporation on DVD? Or The End of Suburbia?
Find them both here.

Looking to learn more about the sustainable design movement?
Read all about it at the IDSA website.

  nourishdesign.com > Learn > Footwear  

Shoes and Footwear are one of the biggest polluters world-wide (almost 8% of all waste). Chromium tainted effluent flows from leather factories, chemical-derived synthetics like EVA foam (cushioned sole material) and nylon (athletic fabric) release poisonous gases upon incineration, and highly toxic adhesives harm workers and end-users throughout a shoe's lifetime. As well, all the combined materials in a shoe are permanently fused together, preventing any recycling or natural breakdown from taking place.

There are a number of footwear companies that have begun to come up with solutions that improve upon this situation. Below are links to a few of our favorites.

To find ecologically-friendly shoes like these made from cork, jute, and wool go to:
To find feel-good shoes like these made from rubber tires and other recycled materials go to:
To find stylish shoes like these made from hemp go to: