“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.” – Kenyan Proverb
Sometimes I start researching things, and then I know too much. This more or less began about a year ago when I became vegan. I have always wanted to treat the Earth as kindly as possible, but things shifted even more from an environmental standpoint when I made the choice to be vegan. Sometimes I feel like I didn’t know shit before. And sometimes I get really fired up and wonder if the government or The Man or corporations or Disney World want things to stay that way. I don’t want to be another angry activist, so how can I compassionately change things? How can we?
Shoes have been a big subject for research. It is absolutely, ridiculously hard to find vegan shoes, made ethically in the USA (or fair trade), out of natural and/or recycled/recyclable materials. I thought I solved it by finding a brand of shoes made in the USA, out of recycled plastic, that are also themselves recyclable. But some fine print told me that they use PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride – partially made of dirty fossil fuel!) for some kind of anti-fungal technology in their shoes. Now, try researching athletic shoes made in ethical conditions…
We’re killing animals, the planet and hurting humans for these stinking things. I feel like no one should be wearing shoes if this is what’s out there. Bare feet, now that’s a great minimalist statement. But what to do in winter?