27 May '13, 11pm

A Single Pair of Running Shoes Leaves One Big Carbon Footprint

A Single Pair of Running Shoes Leaves One Big Carbon Footprint

Many of us lace on a pair of running shoes with the intent of walking to a destination and thereby reducing our carbon footprint by a bit. But just one pair of running shoes generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions — the equivalent of keeping a 100-watt light bulb on for one week – scientists from MIT have found. What’s more, most of that energy is expended in the manufacturing process , as the researchers learned after analyzing a pair of Chinese-made men’s size nine Asics gel Kayanos. The rest of the energy is generated from the processing of raw materials. Billions and Billions of Synthetic Running Shoes are Bought Every Year Some 25 billion running shoes were purchased around the world in 2010; Americans alone buy some 58 million pairs a year. Most are made in China, Cambodia and developing countries where environmental and human rights regulations are far less ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/a-single-pair-of-running-shoe...

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