Manage episode 284461610 series 2611302
We collect gently new or used sneakers, giving these shoes to other individuals in need.
Americans throw away an estimated 300 million pairs of shoes each year. These shoes end up in landfills, where it can take 30 to 40 years to decompose. The midsole of shoes is made of ethylene vinyl acetate, which lasts up to 1,000 years in a landfill. By collecting shoes we keep them out of landfills and make the world a better place for generations to come.
It is estimated that around 1.2 million students drop out of high schools in the USA every year. Shoes are a requirement to attend school, putting up a barrier to those that want to get an education. Kids without shoes often can’t attend school and adults can’t work. Without shoes, people are vulnerable to scrapes, cuts, bacteria and parasites that can lead to infection and other serious illnesses.