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The textile industry is the second largest environmental polluter after oil and gas. To try and buck that trend, the designers at Saola set out to create a shoe with a tiny environmental footprint. The colorful uppers on their men's and women's shoes are made from 100-percent recycled plastic bottles and polyester, and the footbeds are made from 100-percent recycled cork. The laces are organic cotton. All that amounts to a pair of kicks that weighs less that a pound.
Plus, five percent of sales are donated to support environmental conservation projects, and Saola has also partnered with 1% for the Planet.