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Editor's Note: We found this great article from funds2orgs.com all about what really happens to our running shoes when we either outgrow them or maybe even just throw them away. We're all trying to do what's best for our planet by recyling our goods and this article gives us a snapshot on where all of those shoes go.
Are you aware of how you can help fulfill our collective responsibility to help save our planet?
In the United States, approximately 600 million pairs of shoes are disposed of annually.
In the United Kingdom, 85% of post-consumer shoe waste is disposed of in landfills and not recycled.
The materials used to manufacture shoes are created from chemical compounds and are the kinds that create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills.
A rubber-boot sole takes approximately 50 to 80 years to decompose and leather shoes take about 25 to 40 years.
Due to multiple components of shoes that are stitched or glued together, shoes have special requirements for recycling.
The length of time for the tens of millions shoes that are thrown out each year is a great cause for concern.
We all have a role to play in helping save Earth for future generations, responsibly disposing of waste and lowering the impact on the environment. We eachdd have a part in our collective social responsibility and can have fun and even help support micro-business entrepreneurs around the globe whom we may never meet.
That’s where Fund2Orgs comes in.
Funds2Orgs is a unique organization whose mission is to help the environment, charities and micro-business around the world. Every day of the year, Funds2Ors is partnered with a non-profit, church, school, corporation or civic organization and is working with them to conduct shoe drives.
Shoe drives are fun-filled and easy fundraisers for organizations. Instead of donating money, the currency comes in the form of shoes. Most people have multiple pairs of shoes that are out-of-style or they no longer use in their closet.
With this in mind, people are mobilized to donate shoes they no longer need or use. These shoes are then collected by Funds2Orgs, which pays the organization for each pair of shoe donated.
Upon completion of a shoe fundraising drive with a partner organization, the collected shoes are then warehoused by Funds2Orgs to be shipped in containers to developing nations. Once there are enough shoes collected by multiple partners, containers are filled with shoes and shipped to hub operators, or distributors, in developing economies such as Haiti or parts of Africa.
In Haiti or countries in Africa, these pieces are then used to provide an amazing economic boost by creating micro-enterprise opportunities. Distributors pay Funds2Orgs a small fee for the shoes. Shoes are then repurposed, literally given a new lease on life – and provided to micro-business entrepreneurs who clean and repair the shoes and sell them in their local communities for a small fraction of their original cost, but at a profit.
By collecting shoes in shoe drives and repurposing what is collected by cleaning and repairing them, shoes can then be used by others, which is a key way to help people out of poverty around the world and save the planet.
Shoe drive fundraisers are a socially and environmentally friendly approach to addressing the issue of disposing of shoes when individuals no longer want them. With Funds2Orgs, shoe drive fundraisers help accomplish some of the following objectives:
-They help non-profits and charities to fundraiser with no or low upfront costs.
-They assist individuals within all types of organizations to donate shoes they no longer wear in a socially responsible way.
-They keep unwanted shoes from ending up in landfills, which is critically important for the future of the environment and the planet.
-They aid in getting shoes to people who would not otherwise be able to afford a pair of shoes, which is necessary for hygienic, health, educational and economic reasons.
-They support micro-enterprise businesses around the world by providing work opportunities and jobs for those who clean, repair and sell the repurposed shoes.
If you’re interested in finding out more go to Funds2orgs.com and check out their simple sign up page.