Study on carbon footprint of shoe industry

May 23, 2013

A typical pair of running shoes generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to keeping a 100-watt light bulb on for one week, according to a new MIT-led lifecycle assessment. But what’s surprising to researchers isn’t the size of a shoe’s carbon footprint, but where the majority of that footprint comes from. The MIT News Office reports on research from a group including Dr. Randy Kirchain and Dr. Elsa Olivetti, both DMSE graduates.

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