Western civilization seems to be increasing the emphasis of how product manufacturing impacts the environment. With this in mind, several companies have risen to the charge and made a point to engage in Earth-friendly practices as an effort to reduce the “human footprint” left behind on the world. At Houser Shoes, we are happy to carry several brands that are considered eco-friendly as well as brands that participate in promoting societal well-being.
New Balance gives an “Environment Initiatives” mission statement to keep balance in their environmental sustainability effort with products and facilities, and strive to maximize efficiency. Chaco has been recognized by the North Fork River Improvement Association for their environmental contributions. The company was also awarded the Community Award by the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council and has been applauded for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, one year by more than 572,000 pounds. Cushe shoe brand has also voiced their dedication to the environment and Earth-friendly practices. NorthFace also contributes by their partnerships with 350.org, an international campaign dedicated to the climate crisis, BICEP, The Conservation Alliance, and Blue Planet Run which addresses sustainable, safe drinking water on a world-wide scale. Last is Naot shoes, a division of Yaleet Inc., which donates donates approximately 15,000 pairs of shoes to local charities.
So next time you’re looking at shoes and you find yourself wanting to make a difference, here’s a few ideas of where to look. After all, what is needed for a big change isn’t one grand gesture, but the thoughtfulness and commitment of you and people like you who want to make the world better.