It’s a habit from when I was a kid, growing up in the midwest, where snow, mud and grass-clippings stuck to my shoes were more common than now with my city-living in San Francisco. But even now, I always take my shoes off when I get in the house. And I’m inclined to do this when I got to other people’s homes, too.
This is a good idea, according to the EPA:
“The EPA estimates Americans spend 90 percent of their day indoors, where air is, on average, two to five times more polluted than outdoor air-and exposure to contaminants in your home can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivities.
When you come in from outdoors and don’t remove your shoes, you track in mold, dirt and dust, lawn chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers-not to mention nasty items like chewed-up gum or a “gift” from the neighborhood dog. Taking off your shoes before you come in, says the EPA, is one way to ensure a healthier home.
Why It’s Everyday Sustainable:
- Environment: Keeps the house and air cleaner.
- Personal: Easy to do. Good for your feet.