Out With The Old, In With The New – Recycling Old Shoes

Over the past few weeks, my household has done a lot of cleaning and sorting of clutter as we have been in the middle of a move. Like many people do, we’ve sorted out all our clothing items to figuring out what things we could give away or not. We got into a bit of a discussion about shoes, whether they were in a suitable condition to donate, or if we should just toss them. Naturally, being the one most interested in environmental wellbeing, I hopped on the internet to see if I could find answers to our questions. During my exploration, I found that for most shoe shoes to decompose it takes 1,000 years and that decomposing organic shoe materials, like leather and wood release methane. Additionally to the methane, the mass production of shoes generates large carbon dioxide emissions that are both keys to climate change. Luckily, there have been lots of successful research on how to save shoes, and the multiple materials within them, from our landfills. If one makes the decision to keep their shoes or not, they have three main choices, and often a few others I will probably miss.

If the shoes are not use-able by any person on earth, we are often able to recycle and reprocess them into other materials for sports equipment and fields, as well as other shoes.

If the shoes don’t fit or simply just aren’t one’s style anymore, we don’t have to throw them out- we can donate or give them away. Whether you choose to donate in your city or in developing countries; it all helps. Check here for a  location nearest to you! { http://oneworldrunning.com/drop-off-locations/ }

Another way we can save them is by keeping them for a rainy or muddy day! You might not wear them, but friends or family might when doing activities together.

Finally, we can stop it from the start by choosing to buy biodegradable shoes or ones that are more Eco-friendly. Some great brands to look at are Oat shoes, Piccadilly, and Beyond Skin.

If I had to estimate, I would assume I currently own about 20 pairs of shoes. You could say I’m somewhat of a shoe junkie. But in the wake of figuring out to what toll it takes for shoes to be produced and decomposed, I’m definitely re-thinking it.


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