I am sitting here with 4 pairs of tennis shoes, with no tread, ripped and torn. As much I love them, it is time for them to go away. So What to Do? We have blogged on biodegradable Shoes, Chopstick FlipFlops, The FlipFlop Project, Nike Shoe Reuse Program.
I just Gotta Eco Ya:
- Sneakers are a compilation of different natural and synthetic compounds and will have travelled farther than we will walk in them before we ever take them home.
- The leather comes from Texas — but it may be tanned in South Korea and then stitched together in Indonesia.
- Before they’re even out of the box, they’re likely to have travelled 20,000 miles.
- The average women owns 19 Pair of Shoes (Source)
- Scarced Diverted a TOTAL of 76,962 pairs of gym shoes from landfills. Of those, 57,706 pairs of shoes were recycled with Nike’s Resuse-A-Shoe Program and SCARCE donated 19,256 pairs of gently-used shoes to worthy local organizations, such as PADS in Glen Ellyn or the Midwest Shelter of Homeless Veterans.
Starting with Nike’s Junk Shoe
From Gabriel Dishaw,
Lets not forget the thousands of pounds of keyboards in landfills
Cardboard shoes have been around for a couple hundred years.
First we Have PaperFlops, flip flops made from recycled Newspapers
Not to be outdone Check out the living Flip Flops
Frederico Uribe Puma Shoe Show was credited with Puma Shoes and Laces
Tons of old bikes that can be reused: Make a Sneaker Bike
Concrete Sneakers can be used for doorstops, gardens and bookends.
Tons of used carpets are put in landfills every year. Why not reuse carpet and put a little cush into your shoes?
This might be a little hard to trod in, but fun! Upcycled Shoe Chair (can’t find source)
This is fun, upcycled Shoe Purse Happy Day Vintage
Getting Old, Reuse those High Heels: Etsy
When your kids out grow the Legos- Make Lego Shoes
Star Wars Fans can make their won Adidas Sculpture.
Puma is known for their Eco Friendliness Check out the Recycled Puma Shoe Dress