Four Ways Shoe Brands (and You) Can Reduce Footwear’s Environmental Impact, According to a Life Cycle Analyst

June 7, 2023

According to a study from MIT, a pair of new running shoes produces the equivalent of 14 kilograms of CO2. That is about 4 million metric tonnes of CO2 every year, just from the athletc shoe industry. That is more than the total greenhouse gas emissions produced by the Bahamas. In order to reduce those emissions, each step in a shoe’s life cycle has to be analyzed from resource extraction, to production methods, to transportation, to use, and even to end-of-life management. trailrunner