By Renotoo Ramos
Sneakers, Fast Fashion & Sustainability
It’s no secret that sneakers have become a staple in many wardrobes. What once began as a trend for athletes and hip-hop stars has now become commonplace for people of all ages and styles. And while there are many different types of sneakers to choose from, the ones that have seen the most growth in recent years are undoubtedly those made for fast fashion. But what exactly makes these sneakers so popular? And more importantly, is it sustainable to wear them?
The amount of water and energy used to produce a pair of sneakers is staggering, and when you consider how often sneakers are discarded or replaced, it’s clear that we need to find a better way. Unlike other garments, sneakers can last for years with proper care.
Everyone knows that it’s important to be sustainable. But what does that really mean? For me, it means trying to reduce my impact on the environment as much as possible and looking for ways to reuse or recycle materials. It also means supporting businesses and organizations that are committed to sustainability. One of my favorites is Coops Kicks, a Brooklyn-based Instagram sneaker retailer founded by Elliot Cooper in 2017 (when he was 13 years old). Coops Kicks teamed up with Got Sneakers, a sneaker recycling group, to help minimize pollution from shoe waste and launched a sneaker fundraising drive. This high schooler went door-to-door collecting used sneakers from his customers and friends.
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