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The Best, Green Running Shoes and Clothing (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/23/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:35 PM ET

People tend to view running as a "green" sport because it is light on equipment and doesn't usually require the use of a car to get you somewhere. It's true that running has a lot going for it, however, the apparel that runners use can take a very big toll on the environment. According to a 2008 study by Runner's World, the average runner goes through three pairs of shoes each year, which translates to 430 lbs of CO2 used in manufacturing and shipping. What's worse is that the materials used in running shoes can take up to a thousand years to biodegrade in a landfill. By choosing eco-friendly running shoes and apparel, you can drastically reduce the impact your sport has on the environment. Check out these ideas to help you have your greenest run yet!

New Balance 70
 
The New Balance 70 is the beloved company's first foray into "green" running shoes. These trail runners are made with eco-friendly materials such as recycled polyester, rice husk rubber, and water-based adhesives. New Balance also chose a design process that reduces waste. Shoe pieces are cut as closely as possible so that they fit together like a puzzle and reduce the amount of wasted cuttings. The New Balance 70 comes in men's and women's styles and has received positive reviews for being light, supportive, and stylish.



Cost: $80.00
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