Do you have a pair of old, dirty tennis shoes in the bottom of your closet? I know I have several. I usually save them to use when I'm mowing the lawn or to wear when I painting. They do reach a point when you know they must go, but where do they end up? Probably a landfill somewhere to sit for eternity. Well, according to Nike…
If you thought your kicks had seen their last play, think again. As Nike Grind, they could become part of an athletic surface, such as a court, track, field or playground – and pre-consumer material could even get used in new shoes and apparel.
Nearly two decades ago, Nike began looking for a way to reduce the company's environmental footprint and reduce the amount of shoes that ended up in landfills. Nike first started by collecting athletic shoes at key retail locations and shortly thereafter teamed up with other recycling centers to establish shoe collections in communities across the country. More than 1.5 million pairs of post-consumer shoes are collected for recycling each year. Since the program began, they've collected more than 24 million pairs of used athletic shoes.
- Athletic shoes (running shoes, sneakers, etc.) and LIVESTRONG wristbands only
- You can recycle any brand of shoes
- No shoes containing metal
- No cleats or dress shoes
- No wet or damp shoes
- No sandals or flip-flops
- No other types of armbands/bracelets