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These sandals replace petroleum with sugarcane. How smug can I be about wearing them?

Fossil fuels aren’t sustainable, but alternatives aren't perfect, either.
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The new sandals from Allbirds.

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Allbirds, the shoe brand known for stylish sneakers with a merino wool upper, have announced a line of flip-flops that swaps traditionally-manufactured soles for a material made with Brazilian sugarcane. A common component in footwear is a foam called EVA—or ethylene-vinyl acetate. Allbirds’ new Sugar Zeffer sandals replace part of that material, which usually comes from petroleum,

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