sexta-feira, 12 de julho de 2013

Shoe Problem...Recycle them!

My mother says ive got a "shoe problem" my defence i say that Im just a girl...and girls DO shoes!( and bags and dresses  oops) ...and after i discovered Birkenstock (sigh*) a new "Shoe Era" suddenly revealed to me,so the others just turned totally obsolet,I don’t wear them anymore and never will, so why do I still keep them?I did some research and realised the amazing things we can do with our old shoes,check them out:

-Offer them at Freecycle (a local organization where neighbors share discards and items they no longer need. Visit the freecycle website for more details):

-Visit the Nike’s Reuse a Shoe program (a program where old athletic shoes are recycled to make playground material and sports services):

-Swap shoes with friends(ehehe)

-Check if your local recycle center have a shoe recycling program...mine dont but probably you'll be luckier

-Soon you´ll also be able to swap discard items like shoes with other items at the Kyosk-Casa das Trocas in Torres Vedras (Portugal).Check their Facebook page: and website
-Contact Souls 4 Souls to see how to recycle or donate your used shoes..Souls 4 Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.  The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities:
-Visit Recycled Runners to learn about different shoe recycling programs around the world:
-As for me,i opted to donate them to an homeless shelter,

(staring at the "shoe everest" pile...)

Ps-By the way,now that we are "talkin shoes"just check Shannon Jensen incredible photo work of shoes belonging to refugees who had travelled by foot  across the border from Sudan’s Blue Nile state over to neighbouring South Sudan to escape Khartoum government’s military campaign against Southern liberation movement.
They sure makes us wonder...

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