These red, fashionable, sporty-looking, recycled plastic bag shoes (pictured above) are designed by Israeli designer Galit Begas and brings awareness about plastic bag recycling. They will go on display as part of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalemâ€™s Thinking Hands show during Milan Design Week (2011).
While this is a very neat concept, I personally do not think they will hit shelves anytime soon. Here’s why:
- The first issue I have with these is its breath-ability. I canâ€™t imagine how awful and sweaty my feet will be after walking around in a plastic bag all day. No to mention the smellâ€¦
- My second concern is its protection against hard objects. I donâ€™t think these will last me one day. As a part of my job, I often travel to factories and plastic processing facilities. Not only are these places dirty, there are scrap and sharp objects (nails, broken metal pieces) everywhere.
- Third, are there soles underneath? I like sneakers; they have soft, foamy soles.
While the design and concept lack usability, it nonetheless brings awareness to the fact that plastic bags are polluting the environment and increased efforts are needed to reduce, reuse and recycle.