After a cold, slushy winter, the brighter days of spring beg for peppy pedicures and breezy, more stylish footwear. In addition to being on-trend for warmer-weather ensembles, these shoes maintain a lighter footprint by boasting ethical construction (no sweatshops), sustainable materials (like reclaimed cork, vintage fabrics, and faux leather made from plastic bottles), and intentionally animal-free fabrications. With eco-cred so solid, you can skip, hop, and run for your commuter bus with a clear conscience. Cork is the latest in breathable glamour, and this Sydney Brown Curved Heel Pump impresses in the boardroom yet transitions seamlessly to after-work drinks. $455; sydney-brown.com Airy, flirty, and made from unique reclaimed fabrics, no two Cordulia Sandals by Brazilian brand Insecta Shoes are alike. And the style pairs perfectly with a sundress and freshly painted toes. $129; insectashoes.com For days when you want to keep your piggies under wraps, these Sallys by U.S.-crafted brand Nicora can be laced up for an old-school Happy Days look, or rocked laces-out for casual flair. $197; nicorashoes.comSee alsoThe Find: Vegan Bags An indispensable addition to any woman’s closet, the classic ballet flat gets a floral upgrade with nae’s Marina Flat, whose slight heel works perfectly dressed up or down. What’s more, they’re made in a carbon-neutral factory. $114; nae-vegan.com/en Slip into something more comfortable with the Indosole Prahu “Boat” Shoe. Made from recycled motorcycle tires and organic cotton canvas, these will become his favorite shoe of the season. $60; indosole.com Men can dress down this lace-up Luke boot by Bourgeois Boheme by cuffing pant legs and going sans socks, or dress it up with a fitted suit. The Luke is a very versatile shoe for transitioning seasons. $276; bboheme.com
Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean Your Kitchen Tools
One of the greenest things you can do in your kitchen is to invest in good-quality cookware and tools and then maintain them with care so that they last a long time. Here’s how to keep your cooking equipment sparkling clean and in tip-top condition—without using harsh chemicals.