Reebok: Cotton & Corn Kicks

 
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How can you kick back and relax when your sneakers are killing the very Earth you traverse? According to an MIT study on the carbon footprint of shoes, one pair of typical rubber sneakers is equivalent to 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. This is the equivalent of leaving a 100-watt lightbulb on for a whole week. 

This is why I'm excited to own Reebok’s first sustainable sneaker, an alternative to synthetic rubber shoes which kill our ecosystem. These sustainable kicks are made from cotton and corn which Reebok Classics designed to be SO comfy (this is so rare with vegan shoes!!). The upper is 100% cotton and the sole is bio-based TPU from corn. It's 75% USDA organic, and undyed – aka the fewer steps in the production process, the smaller the carbon footprint. Oh and they’re obviously classically beautiful. Shop these unisex sneaks by clicking the image below. 

“It didn’t start out with corn and cotton, it started out with recycling, compostability, where do we want to land. Our issue with recycling is you recycle plastic, it’s still plastic…You’re not getting rid of the problem." -Bill McInnis, Reebok

Photography: @vtimeflies 

Shoes: Reebok

Top and jeans: Sugarhigh

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From Wading to Waiting

 

It’s crazy to think that less than a week ago, I was wading through the calm Jupiter inlet water, paddleboarding with the family, escaping from a Labor Day bbq to shoot by the shore. Now, Hurricane Irma is headed straight towards my Jupiter oasis while I wait in nervous anticipation, hoping my friends and family will be safe. 

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It’s times like these when I’m filled with sadness for the terrible effects that global warming is having on our environment...From Hurricane Harvey, to Irma, the most powerful Hurricane on record in the Atlantic, the effects are fatal. Due to Global Warming, the sudden heat trapped in the atmosphere from the burning of coal, oil and gas has warmed the atmosphere to record levels.

This has caused sea levels to rise due to the melting polar ice caps (every time I say this, I can’t help but think of the poor polar bears), directly accelerating hurricane storm surges. Enlighten yourself further by reading THIS recent article by the Washington Post.  

How far must this go until people start admitting that we’ve done this to ourselves? It’s devastating to think that a specific world leader is regressing clean energy initiatives set forth by the Obama administration.

I’m a huge believer that greenhouse gas emissions will lead to our ultimate destruction until we take action now. In a time when the EPA chief doesn’t believe carbon dioxide emissions lead to climate change, it’s a scary reality that we are facing now more than ever before.  

As I look back on wading through the calm Jupiter last week, I pray that serenity will return to the ocean and to those who have been and will be affected by the recent storms wreaking havoc on our planet.

XOXO Alex

Photography: @olenasphotography

Top: LF

Shorts: Vibrant MIU

Sandels: Miz Mooz 

 

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