Worried about the carbon impact of sneakers? There is a website that can help


By clicking on the name of a pair of sneakers that appears on the screen, you will find detailed information on the product, such as the weight, materials used (and their recyclability rate), the country of manufacture and the existence of a specific recycling programme. Photo: AFP

While it is now possible to find out the carbon impact of a car or a house (with relative ease), such measurement tools do not exist for everyday products, such as shoes.

Three 30-somethings set out to change that. They left their previous jobs to rectify the situation by creating a platform with international scope through which we can learn about the carbon footprint of our sneakers.

If you've ever wondered how much CO2 was involved in manufacturing the pair of sneakers you have on your feet, the Carbonfact platform launched in July by Martin Daniel, Marc Laurent and Romain Champourlier is the place to go to find out.

Several brands are present on the site, from giants like Nike and Adidas to "vegan-friendly" brands such as Saye and Minuit Sur Terre.

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