Tips on How to Recycle Shoes

Our shoes can take up to 1,000 years to break down in a landfill. Did you know you can recycle your shoes instead? From running shoes to stylish sneakers, here are some ways to give your worn-out kicks new life and make a positive impact on the planet.

Shoes are composed of various materials, including rubber, fabric, and foam. These can be broken down and repurposed into building materials for playgrounds, tennis courts, and even home flooring.

If you’re well-versed in the do’s and don’ts of recycling, you know that not everything can be recycled through curbside programs. While athletic shoes and sneakers can often be recycled, shoes with electronic components, batteries, or excessive metal aren't suitable for standard recycling. But don't worry, there are specialized options for most items. Before you toss your shoes into the recycling bin, look for local recycling centers or shoe recycling programs in your area.

If your shoes are still in good shape but just not your style anymore, there are organizations that will send them to communities in need around the world. For the eco-fitness enthusiast, many running shoe companies and retailers have take-back programs where you can drop off your used shoes to be refurbished and donated or recycled into something new. So, lace up those sneakers, hit the pavement one last time, and then recycle your shoes for more sustainable strides.

Recycling shoes might seem like a small step, but it's another great stride toward sustainability. Take your green journey even further by switching your home to 100% clean energy.

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