VLog: My Rubber Boot Dilemma

I live in a rainy city – Vancouver, BC in Canada where the amount of raindrops we receive each year is enough to shift our perceptions in fashion. What do I mean? Here in this lush, green, wet city we, the women of Vancouver, wear rubber boots as a fashion item. I have heard many non-native residents comment about it saying, "only in Vancouver!" Even though I love my city and want to think we're unique, I highly doubt that it's only here as many other cities are pretty wet too.  The great thing is there are many styles, colors and patterns to choose from – everything to warm a fashionistas heart!

 

So in gearing up for my first winter here in 3 years, I have been faced with the "green" dilemma of purchasing rubber boots. I have resisted and resisted because they are a product that most often than not, when they reach the end of their useful life, spring a leak or just go out of fashion they are thrown away. So how many pairs of rubber boots do you think are sitting in a landfill somewhere in rainy North American cities, dying a very slow death and likely contributing to the destruction of nature through needing space in the landfill or leaching man-made materials into the soil and water as they break down? Not a pretty picture.  

 

So what is a girl to do?

 

1. Purchase 2nd hand boots, 100% recycled content boots or new boots from a company that will recycle them for you

Kamik Boots

Fanshoe by Vanderbilt

Raven Tactical Ware – Outdoor Range

 

2. Find a company that will recycle your old boots:

Smile Plastics (UK) http://www.smile-plastics.co.uk/

'Old Wellies' (can be sent to Dunlop Footware in the UK) Mr R
Harrington, Recycling Depot, Dunlop Footwear Ltd, Hazeldene Road,
Liverpool, L9 2BA

You will find organizations in need of recycled rubber on online recycling sites such as Recycle.net or Earth911.

Contact your local municipality and inquire if they will take rubber products for recycling

 

 
Tracy
Lydiatt is an award-winning sustainability advisor, educator and #1 Amazon.com
bestselling author passionate about green/sustainability empowerment and
change. Connect with her at www.thegreenfamiliesguru.com and hop onto her free ezine or sign up for her 7-Day Going Green Challenge hosted online.

 

 

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