From the materials used in making the products themselves to the packaging and creation processes involved, several footwear products rise above the rest when it comes to being both friendly to feet and our environment.
Bethesda, MD (Vocus) December 16, 2009
As shoppers continue their search for the perfect gift this season, many are encouraged to “go green” and shop for items that are considered healthy for the environment. When it comes to the large market of earth-friendly footwear products, many of today’s most stylish items are also healthy for feet—making a great gift choice for those who want to look and feel good while showing they care about the eco-system.
“From the materials used in making the products themselves to the packaging and creation processes involved, several footwear products rise above the rest when it comes to being both friendly to feet and our environment,” said Ronald Jensen, DPM, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
The APMA’s Seal of Acceptance Program recognizes products that have been found to be beneficial to foot health and of significant value when used in a consistently applied program of daily foot care and regular professional treatment. The following products, created using green materials and practices, have been granted the Seal of Acceptance:
Reebok Kid’s Green Easy Footwear. This collection of toddler and infant footwear is designed with both comfort and the environment in mind, with much of the shoe collection’s materials made from recycled resources. In addition to the lightweight, flexible materials employed in the shoe’s construction, all of the packaging for the Green Easy collection is made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials, 100% recyclable and printed using soy-based inks.
Bobux Originals Footwear. Not all leather footwear is created equal—especially when it comes to footwear suitable for infants. Bobux’s Eco-Leather footwear materials meet rigorous environmental safety standards and are completely bio-degradable. In addition to flexible, natural rubber soles, these high quality shoes also feature padded insoles, leather linings and full leather uppers.
Dansko’s Golden Gate Collection. All of the footwear choices in Dansko’s Golden Gate Collection are created using vegetable-tanned leathers—generally considered a more eco-friendly process than standard leather tanning practices. Veg-tanning uses tannins that occur naturally most commonly from tree bark, in contrast to conventional mineral tanning processes that utilize heavy metals such as chromium.
Injinji® Performance Series™ Coolmax® EcoMade™ Toesocks. A combination of earth-friendly and performance enhancing, Injinji’s EcoMade Toesocks are created from recycled resources. Created using a highly evolved, raw polyester fiber created from repurposing recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste, EcoMade Toesocks’ unique design eliminates skin on skin contact between your toes to prevent blisters from developing.
Dr. Comfort Socks. Dr. Comfort’s unique line of socks is constructed using Nano Bamboo Charcoal Fibers. These fibers not only help to regulate body temperature and deodorize, but also help to protect the environment as no chemicals are required in creating this product.
Spenco’s Earthbound Replacement Insoles. Over half of the materials put into this Spenco insole are recycled and renewable materials—including recycled cork, nylon and foam. The Earthbound insole also features a deep heel cup for extra stability and an advanced cushioning system that absorbs shock.
For more information on the APMA Seal Program, visit apma.org/seal. For more foot health information, visit apma.org.
Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading and recognized professional organization for doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs). DPMs are podiatric physicians and surgeons, also known as podiatrists, qualified by their education, training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and structures of the leg. The medical education and training of a DPM includes four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at an accredited podiatric medical college and two or three years of hospital residency training. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of close to 12,000 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit http://www.apma.org.