Did you know that in the US, approximately 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year?
Do you know that the materials used to manufacture shoes is made from chemical compounds? Compounds that will create future health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills, not recycled?
Did you know
that a case study completed by the department of trade and industry found that 10%
of collected secondhand shoes and 85%
of post-consumer shoe waste is disposed of in landfills, not recycled. This is an unacceptable environmental impact.
On the positive side, non-recyclable footwear can be a vital economic lifeline to individuals and families in financially-devastated countries. Gently worn, used and new shoes are used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow their micro-enterprise.
The process: collected shoes are consolidated and shipped to these micro-entrepreneurs where they are cleaned and repaired. Because of this opportunity, individuals are able to feed, clothe, and house their families.