Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Where's the handicap in wearing green: Golf shoes

The Enviro made by HI-TEC is reported to be the world's first 'environmentally friendly' golf shoe. The shoe uppers are made from chrome-free, organic vegetable-tanned leathers and the outsoles are made of rice husks and latex rubber. The sockliner is made from 100% recycled materials. Traditionally leather shoes were tanned using chrome but chrome can be absorbed into the body through drinking water causing damage to internal organs. Pollution of rivers close to shoe factories were commonly reported until better environmental management became essential. The new shoes are not 100% green however with the spike receptacle still made from synthetics. However engineers are confident this will be overcome. The Enviro has a 1-year waterproof guarantee and is available in men's sizes 6-12 (including half sizes) colours Black and Brown. A white version HI-TEC Enviro will be available for the summer.

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