We make an effort to stay sporting the freshest kicks, always updating our closets with the newest and most exclusive. But how many of us make the effort to dispense responsibly of our old ones, our not so cool ones, maybe even out of season ones, that we discard from our wardrobes from time to time. Well today is the day to really re-evaluate your situation and begin to recycle those shoes by donating them to Soles4Souls. Why is this relevant right now? Because Soles4Souls donates to people in over 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States, free of charge to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. And they are currently paying extra special attention to Haiti where the population is in large need of resources right now, footwear being one of them.
How does it work? Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools, and facilitates the donations from these groups to people who desperately need footwear. Soles4Souls has partnered with companies to be permanent donation locations. This makes it even easier for individuals like you to donate your shoes and help those in need around the world. Many of these companies are names that you are all familiar with: FINISH LINE, TIMBERLAND, CITY SPORTS, MARMI, A RUNNERS ZONE, SPORTIE L.A., etc… So next time instead of throwing your “old” and “not so cool or cute” shoes make the conscious decision to recycle and donate.
Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 9 seconds.) Last year alone, Americans discarded more than 300 million pairs of shoes. (eco side note: When these shoes break down in our landfills, the toxic glue that holds the shoes together can leak into our water supply and atmosphere.) Imagine if those shoes went to 300 million people in need of them. Start donating to Soles4Souls today kids, CLICK HERE, to find out a drop off location or HERE to learn how to start your own (company, school, community) shoe drive.