Reuse-A-Shoe program – recycle worn running shoes

What do you do with your old running or athletic shoes that are no longer good for running or athletic activity?  What about after they are done being dog walking or lawn mowing shoes?

My running shoes have a lifespan.  After about 6 months or so, they are too beat up for running but definitely still good for something.  When we owned our house, I’d use them for lawn mowing or work around the yard.  Now that we’ve been in the condo, they get demoted to dog walking shoes.  I don’t think Riley minds that the shoes I put on every morning for our 20-30 minute 6AM walks are considered lower class than whatever shoes I’m using for runs – he’s just glad that I get my butt out of bed because it’s all about him.  I digress.  Back to the shoes – after a while, they get too worn even for our morning walks.

Nike has a great program where your recycling shoes are used to make materials used for running tracks and basketball and tennis courts.  So instead of tossing your old sneakers in the trash, bring them in to get recycled.  They’ll gladly accept other brands and if you come in with the shoes in a paper bag they’ll even recycle the bag for you.  Today we recycled 3 pairs of shoes: 1 of my old running shoes and 2 pairs of Joni’s old workout shoes.

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  1. August 15th, 2011

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