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This New Line Of Shoes Is Made From Trees

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While many shoes are made from natural fibers like cotton or leather, athletic shoes take a different approach. Needing to be breathable and moisture-wicking, makers of running shoes often opt for synthetic fibers derived from petroleum-based materials. In other words, those sporty joggers are not environmentally friendly. Synthetic materials are toxic to produce, and when they've been worn out by your workouts, they'll stick around in a landfill for a long time after. 

That's where brands like Allbirds comes in. The San Francisco shoe startup catapulted to popularity two years ago with its stylish, minimalistic, and sporty shoes that had the tech sect and the fashion world swooning. But there's more to this brand than meets the eye. Instead of being constructed out of synthetic fibers with a rubber soul, Allbirds' shoes were composed of a fine merino wool upper and a base made from castor bean oil, a natural substitute for plastic and rubber.