Over the last 5 years the sneaker industry has grown exponentially and shows no indication of slowing down. Current projections anticipate the global athletic footwear market to exceed 95 billion (USD) by 2025, a near doubling from the 2016 valuation (55 billion). According to the World Footwear Yearbook, over 24 billion pairs of shoes are produced annually (primarily under exploitative conditions) with sneakers accounting for the largest share. What are the environmental consequences of the rapidly growing sneaker industry?
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