Recycle your Sneakers

Recycle your Sneakers

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Carrie McBride
Jan 22, 2008

Did you clean out your family's closets this January? If so, maybe you found some worn out tennis shoes or sneakers your kids have outgrown. A friend of ours is a running fanatic and told us about Recycled Runners.

Don't throw those sneakers away! It turns out there are plenty of ways to recycle them and Recycled Runners can help you identify the best way to put them to reuse.

For example, if your shoes are still in decent condition, there are numerous domestic and international programs that will accept them and redistribute them to people in need. If your sneakers have seen much better days, they can be recycled and turned into sports surfaces like basketball courts and playgrounds.

Recycled Runners has organized domestic drop-off spots for donating sneakers into a map. They will keep adding to it as they learn of donation programs and as new ones emerge so check back if you don't see anything near you.

Now that you've responsibly gotten rid of your old shoes, your family may need new ones. Recycled Runners has teamed up with Zappos to donate 50% of the proceeds from shoe sales made through their site to charity. See more details here.

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