Benefits

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  • Support "Going Green" and Environmentally Friendly Initiative

Reduce Poverty

All donated sneakers go to organizations that support families, communities, and lives in need.

Donations provide inventory for micro-enterprises worldwide, including Haiti, Cambodia, and Botswana.

Supporting micro-enterprises promotes commerce, increases economic opportunities, and helps reduce poverty.

Most of the sneakers that are shipped to developing nations from North America are sold in local markets by micro-entrepreneurs. However, the sneakers that are not sold are used to make and fix products or create something new. Some of these new products can be items such as insulation for homes, stuffing for car seats or furniture.

 

Reusing & Recycling

Reusing and recycling sneakers keeps them out of landfills reducing harmful chemicals that pollute the soil and air.

Did you know that textiles dumped in landfills are one of the biggest sources of waste? Textiles also include running shoes and sneakers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), textiles account for 66.02% of landfill space. While there is more awareness about recycling, the planet’s use of landfills has increased—along with the waste. It’s not sustainable. 

Sneaker reusing and recycling is one thing people can do to make a positive difference!

 

Charitable Funds

All funds received from the the organizations that receive the donated sneakers will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup.

Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans. A portion of this plastic travels to ocean garbage patches, where it gets caught in a vortex of circulating currents alongside plastic from other sources (e.g. offshore fishing activities). If no action is taken, plastic will increasingly impact our ecosystems, health, and economies.

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization developing and scaling technologies to rid the ocean of plastic.

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