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Shoes that Sprout: Biodegradable Shoes that Grow Plants


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When your trusty tennis shoes wear out, the fastest and easiest option to dispose of them – also the one that is not eco-friendly – is to pitch them in the trash. Once in the trash your old shoes find their way to the landfill where they remain for many, many years. If you think about how many shoes you and everyone else have tossed out over the years, it adds up to a lot of shoes in the ground.

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But with footwear from OAT shoes, your shoes will biodegrade in about a year’s time and plants might even sprout from them. OAT shoes are completely biodegradable and the shoes actually contain seeds in the tongue that can sprout if buried.  (more…)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

back to school solution: keen vegan shoes


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The phrase ‘back-to-school’ is usually synonymous with ‘we need new shoes’. One funky vegan solution to that purchasing dilemma – some new sneaks from that great Portland-based, casual shoemaker – KEEN.

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KEEN has intro’d new batch of styles and colors for men, women and kids of all ages. The company uses a direct vulcanized process which means no adhesives are used in the canvas of their vegan shoes, and the molded rubber footbed adds to the comfort you want. As always, KEEN offers in shoes in array of eye-catching colors.

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Other features:

  • Natural canvas lining and upper
  • Non-marking rubber outsole
  • Recycled aluminum eyelets
  • an adhesive-free vulcanized rubber sole

Remember these ‘kicks’ are not just for kids!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

KEEN Shoes – a Review + Giveaway


UPDATE: It’s official – Congrats to our two lucky winners Kimberly M and Aaron K. Thanks to everyone for participating.

This Green Product Review also features a Giveaway – one lucky guy and one lucky lady will each receive a free pair of Maderas Slip-Ons. These shoes are made using refurbished machines and earth-friendly materials. They’re vegan-friendly, too.

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walk the walk & talk the talk … I’ve been roaming around town in these canvas slip-ons for the past couple of weeks. The style is perfect for jeans, and hanging out. Casual and snappy. The natural rubber sole’s a teensy bit heavy. But after a brief break-in period, they are more than comfortable. Renowned for the big toe bumper, these KEENs can take you from town to beach with extra style and protection.

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Giveaway: KEEN is sponsoring this giveaway and providing a pair of Maderas Slip-Ons for one lucky guy and a pair of Maderas Slip-Ons for one lucky lady. Select your size – guys get to choose from 3 colors: grey, blue or black – and ladies get to choose from: coral, white, chartreuse, light grey, norse blue or ensign blue. Retail prize value: $60 + free shipping. (more…)

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

mary jane shoes for a baby girl


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These handmade feats are designed to suit tots 9 to 12 months. Featuring a festive cherry pattern fabric & red accent bow, they measure 4.5 inches long x 2.5 inches wide at the toe. With a soft safety sole and ankle strap with velcro closure, they’re crafted to accommodate ease of wear & size adjustment. The exterior fabric is 100% cotton & the lining is soft flannel.

buy @ AmadiSloanDesigns on Etsy ($30)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Men’s Shoes – Father’s Day Green Giveaway


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UPDATE: It’s official. Congratulations to our lucky winner, William G of BC, Canada. Thanks to everyone for participating. (original post follows…)

Does daddy need a new pair of shoes?

Planet Shoes is generously sponsoring this Great Green Giveaway. We’re giving away a pair of sporty SOLE Casual Flips — an eco-friendly men’s flip flop deeply steeped in warm weather comfort.

This smartly crafted sandal features a gender specific, durable ergonomic upper made with a sustainable, hemp/recycled polyester fabric. The cork-wrapped footbed contours to your unique foot without losing its orthopedic shape, improving the fit and making them even more comfortable as you wear them. This SOLE sandal also has a non-marking natural and synthetic rubber outsole.

Our lucky winner gets to choose size & fav color: Olive or Smoke, (retail value $79) @ planetshoes.com

Entering is easy: Leave a comment telling us what you plan to do on Father’s Day. You can also do one or more of the following, and receive an entry for each comment you leave:

Optional ways to enter:

For prize notification be sure to add the following to your email address book: m at AlternativeConsumer.com.

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