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9 brands that make ethical casual shoes and sneakers

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Ekocycle runner
credit: The People's Movement

The People's Movement

“We are literally killing ourselves for convenience,” say the founders of The People’s Movement. Upon learning more about the grotesque amounts of plastic waste polluting our world, this innovative shoe company was born as a way of helping, ever so slightly, to redirect the stream of waste toward something useful. The People’s Movement describes itself as an ‘eco-hip’ shoe company that uses natural organic materials and upcycled plastic, reclaimed from Bali and California, to create its shoes.

While all the shoes are casual, the one pictured above is specifically designed for running with the assistance of professional athlete Brendan Brazier. It is largely constructed out of waste material and is vegan.

Brazier Ekocycle Runner, $99

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