Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trash Today, Track Tomorrow

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.

Nike Shoe Recycling – Sustainability | Reuse-A-Shoe – Nike Grind

"From running tracks and basketball and tennis courts to playgrounds and even synthetic turf fields, sports surfaces of all types can incorporate Nike Grind into their design.

Incorporating Nike Grind in these surfaces decreases the need for virgin rubber and other materials, and also offers an alternative to recycled products like tire rubber, which may not meet the consumer products safety guidelines that Nike Grind does. 

To create these surfaces, Nike partners with top-quality surfacing companies, providing them with Nike Grind materials and working together to develop innovative sports surfaces usually containing between 10 and 40 percent Nike Grind." –Nike

What Can You Recycle?

Help Nike keep their machines running smoothly. When recycling your shoes, please remember…

  • 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

Then take them to the nearest drop off location.

Nike says: Nike Reuse-A-Shoe drop-off locations are found around the world, including all U.S. Nike stores, as well as community recycling centers and other locations. We are frequently expanding this program, so check back for new shoe recycling locations.

You can bring up to 10 pair of athletic shoes at a time to any of the drop-off locations. To find out how to host a shoe drive in your community or become more involved in their efforts, visit the Nike website for more information.

Make this a better world — one sneaker at a time!

This post is brought to you as part of my involvement in Project Genesis. On the first day of each month a group of bloggers share tips on how they impact our environment. Big ideas or small ideas; everyone working together can make a difference. To read the guidelines click here, to see who else shared this month click on the Project Genesis button below.

20 Thoughtful Comments:

erin's art and gardens said...

that is awesome! i did not know about this...way to go NIKE. thanks for sharing this.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Nike's never been my shoe of choice, but I love this idea. Thank you for sharing it (& thank you Nike for doing it!)

oldgreymare said...

This is wonderful, I had no idea!

Now, for everyone who reads this, remember the info is archived in my sidebar so it can be retrieved next month when You ask yourself.."Now what was that about recycling shoes?"

Thank you so much for sharing this info today with us.
Shoes? Who would have thought? I just think it's great.


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Shellbelle Sweetie...
Now who would have thought that all these worn out old sneakers, that I have been tossing in the trash could be of value to someone other than the dump? I am so thrilled sweetie.

What a beautiful share ofcourse, and I will be gathering up my group and finding a drop off place. Surely they have one here in Phoenix somewhere.

Thank you for the wonderful informative post. I so enjoyed myself today. I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday sweetie.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Unknown said...

I had no idea Nike did this. This is brilliant! I'll keep checking in to find out when they open a location in Southern Ontario Canada!

Jane said...

Hi Rhonda!
What a brilliant idea! Thanks for calling this to our attention. My son's soccer field has a base of ground rubber under the grass. It is amazing how this "new" surface seems to reduce the number of injuries.
Jane (artfully graced)

Loui♥ said...

had no idea of this program..
for sure I'll be taking mine in..
at present, have two pairs "good" white sneakers..and a pair of black ones,,
but my others have been relegated for outdoor use..and are nearing their end of useful life span..
thanks for the very useful tip..
warm sandy hugs..

Magdalena said...

Hi Shellbelle,
I had no idea Nike did this, how wonderful!! I have a pair now thats on its way out. I try hard to recycle as much as I can.
We were away and just got back, I missed your posts and I'm glad to be back home and back to blogging!! Thank you for your nice comments on my 'Magdalena Stories' it means a lot to me!!

Maureen said...

I knew that they recycled shoes but I tend to hang on to running shoes for 5 years or so. Nice to be reminded.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is good news that I was unaware of. It does my heart good to hear a large corporation saying they want to reduce their carbon footprint, then doing something about it. Thank you so much for this - there IS hope!!!!!!!!!

Sue said...

Great information...thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is just amazing! I had no clue Nike did In our family, only my husband wears sneakers and by the time he's finished with them they're totally trashed! So glad you shared this with us...I intend to tell everyone I know about your post. Thank you, Shell...


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'll have to remember this. What a great idea!

I tried to call you earlier and couldn't reach you. I have been down in Central FL at a funeral of a close friend.

Mr. Magpie is slated for kidney surgery next week. It's been a wild ride of late.

Hope all is well with you...


Sheila (still technically on break, but got worried when I couldn't reach you!)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Fabulous idea Rhonda
and fabulous post [do you think I like the word fabulous today??? haha]

But seriously.. it's good to see Nike doing their bit... Those created the consumer products also dealing with the reusability!!!

Have a FABULOUS week... and thanks for the info.. wonder if they do it here??? xxx Julie

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I'm thinking a lot of people don't know about this program because I sure didn't. So nice to hear of large corporations who do actually care. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for stopping by my corner of the world. :) Tammy

Sahildeki Ev said...

Very informative post. I didnt know that they could recycle shoes..

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Pretty great! More recycling is definitely the future!!!

Happy weekend and Labor Day, dear Shellbelle!!!!!

Ella said...

I love this post; So much sole/soul involved in it~
What a wonderful way to give back~

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Rhonda,

I did not know about this. I recycle but never thought about recycling my shoes. I will definitely add that to my list. I can probably get my sons' friends to give me their nasty shoes. Yeah, that bin will definitely stay outside! I also need to check out Project Genesis as it sounds like something right up my alley.

Thank you so much for sharing this info today with us.

~ Tracy

CHERI said...

This is awesome. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a drop-off location anywhere near me but I'll keep on the lookout. I believe in helping our environment as much as possible. I don't really like NIKE but this makes me feel better about them. I hate how they pay soooooo much $$$$ to athletest like Tiger Woods just to wear their logo. I think it's ridiculous how much some of those professional athletes make. But that's my soapbox, and I'll step down now!

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