Eco Friendly Running

We encourage eco friendly running by carrying eco friendly running shoes and other products that support the environment. As a runner, how can you become more green? Here are five tips to help the environment as a runner.

1. Recycle old shoes

There are several programs at national and community levels that take old shoes and use them to make a positive impact on the environment. Check out a few of them below:

  • Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program, used to create sport surfaces
  • Soles4Soles, gives shoes that are gently used to those in need
  • MORE Foundation, we have a donation box in all three of our Run Away Shoes stores. Read MORE about the foundation here.


These are only three of the several opportunities for turning your old shoes in for good.

**You can also recycle electronics (such as old watches and GPS units). Check out for more information.

2. Use refillable bottles for hydration. Stop in and check out our line of Nathan bottles and hydration belts.

3. Take care of your running clothes.

  • Use eco-friendly detergents or check out our recommended Sport-Wash to keep your technical gear looking and working great for longer.
  • Air-dry your technical gear. Not only will it save energy, but it will pro-long the life of your apparel.
  • If you are craving some “new” gear, consider recycled clothing. Not only will you save money, but you will also keep a few more items from entering a landfill. Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

4. Clean up. Don’t only take care of you own trash, but if you see a newspaper across your trail or a bottle rolling away, pick it up and throw it away at the nearest garbage can.


5. Volunteer. Help out at a local race cleaning up trash and empty cups on the race course. This is a great way to get involved at a race if you are on a racing-break or are recuperating from an injury.

Brooks: Commitment to Sustainability

In our quest to make best-in-class performance products for runners, we affect people and the environment as we process materials, contract with factories and ship products around the globe. Brooks aims to evolve into a business that is more sustainable, one that builds great running gear with minimal impact on humanity and the Earth.

A brand is a reflection of the people who are its stewards. Our Running Responsibly programs engage our global constituents – factory workers, suppliers, distributors, customers, employees – to extend our sustainability goals to everyone who helps us create and deliver our products worldwide. Brooks treats people as we would choose to be treated, abides by all local laws in the places we operate, and strives to do our part to minimize impact on the environment.

  • The Sprout Award
  • Green Runners world Award
  • 2008 FN

BioMoGo – fewer layers in the midsole means fewer parts and processes

  • Made with a non-toxic, natural additive that encourages anerobic microbes to break down the midsole into reusable byproducts once it hits and active, enclosed landfill
  • Traditional EVA midoles can last up to 1,000 years in a landfill, but BioMoGo breaks down 50 times faster
  • Will save 29.9 million pounds of landfill waste in roughly 20 to 25 years.

As soon as BioMoGo hites the “triple convergence” if high microbial load, low oxygen and adequate moisture found in a landfill, it begins to break down into its component nutrients. This makes the carbon that was locked up in the original petroleum available for plants and animals to use for growth. Early on, this breakdown can be seen under high magnification – these shoes biodegrade 50 times faster than traditional EVA shoes.

Check out a cool video example HERE.

Brooks DNA cushioning system – production requires half as many steps and less energy than traditional cushioning. Completely recyclable components. All leftovers go back into brooks shoes.

Other companies making an impact by reducing their impact:

Mizuno running shoes are made with plant-derived resin to help cut oil consumption and CO2 emissions. The uppers are reinforced with artificial leather using recycled polyester as the ground fabric.

Newton Running has developed a new rectangular shoebox that is produced from 100% post-consumer waste and uses soy-based inks and aqueous (water-based) coating. The new packaging is easy to store and ship, it’s lightweight, and it’s easy to break down and recycle.


At every stage of the manufacturing process, our goal is to responsibly limit our impact on the environment. We know manufacturing can be a dirty process, but we take care in selecting methods and partners that allow us to deliver the quality of product our customers expect, while running a responsible, ethical business, with a strong focus on environmental stewardship.

We believe our products are best when they’re made through fair, sustainable and mutually rewarding practices. It also helps that our main raw material — wool — is natural and renewable.

Our partner, New Zealand Merino Company, has developed Zque, the world’s first Merino wool accreditation program. This program ensures environmental, social and economic sustainability, safeguards animal welfare, and allows us to trace end products to their source.

Our Merino sheep enjoy free range, in some of the most spectacular natural settings found today. The environment our sheep enjoy contributes directly to the high quality of the fiber we use. We work with our growers to ensure they’re always using best practices, and in turn, we always endeavor to pay them a fair price.

We have two teams focused on driving continuous improvement in sustainability. The Office Sustainability Team is charged with making our office sustainable and environmentally-friendly through projects to reduce our energy and water consumption, as well as our waste to the landfill. The Product Sustainability Team is responsible for finding the best techniques to make our products while minimizing environmental impact.

Organizations Smartwool supports:


Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.


The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 established by Outdoor Industry Association to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Their vision is to be a driving force behind a massive increase in active outdoor recreation in America.

The Conservation Alliance’s mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.



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