Eco MacGyver: How to Fix your Havianas.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 7, 2009
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My Havianas (no longer) Suck.

Make like The Greatest Generation and…fix stuff instead of throwing it away. Yet another example of “green” saving “green.”

I heart Havianas. Simple, far from ergonomic (or whatever, you know what I mean, I’m pre-coffee here), colorful, they’re my summer uniform.

Damn goddamned damnit ow on a hike up Chautauqua with Redford
Damn goddamned damnit ow! on a hike up Chautauqua with Redford

I recently bought a pair at my friendly local lingerie dealer (any excuse to go into lingerie store, you know). Only one month later, the strap began popping out once a day, leaving me suddenly hopping around, barefoot, tripping on my falling apart Havianas. Even more fun when on my bike.

After two months, they strap popped out of the hole six times a day. Time to make like an American and trash ’em, right?

Wrong. I’m cheap. I’m broke. So I simply coiled a rubber band around the base, pulled it through and over and lo! Not a pop-out for two days. When the rubber band breaks, I’ll simply wrap a new one. In the meantime I’m saving Havianas from the landfill (where I’ve previously sent six pairs over the years for-the-exact-same-reason, it’s why Havianas normally get trashed—and I’m saving dough.

So all y’all who say green is more expensive? Well, not always.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Eco MacGyver: How to Fix your Havianas.”

  1. kia says:

    Hecho in Brasilia. Don't know how fair practice they. In Guyana they are $2 a pair.

    I got into wearing them a lot when I lived in Miami. My advisor had over 25 pairs. I n
    have never worn them on a rocky trail though. Rocky substrate at the beach yes, mountain trail no.

  2. I've hiked mountains walked half of Manhattan in 'em when it's summer it's Havianas time. Not super cushy, but super simple and stylee. Love me my Havianas.

  3. swati jr* says:

    maybe you need a pair of Locals. they seem to withstand the test of time via volcanoes, tropical terrors and the like…..don't know if you can get them on the mainland, but ask a HI local or a traveling whitey to grab you a pair. they last forever!

  4. roseanne says:

    How resourceful of you! If the elastic band doesn't hold out, you could make yourself a new pair from an old yoga mat: Super eco and thrifty!

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