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How To Recycle Your Old Tennis Shoes

We all know that if we have something we just don’t wear anymore, but there’s still plenty of life left in it, then we can donate it to a charity to put it to good use. But what about when there really isn’t any life left in something? Like those tennis shoes you’ve run into the ground at the track? Between the torn tongue, ripped side, and soles just starting to peel away at the heel, there is no one who could use those.

Or is there? Because you can recycle those shoes and ensure that they’re put to good use. Here’s how to recycle your old tennis shoes:

Where Can You Recycle Your Busted Tennis Shoes?

If you have a pair of athletic shoes that have gone their last mile, then depending on where you live you have a couple of options open to you.

Your first option is to take them into a store that has a recycling option. Asics, Adidas, and Nike stores may have this option, depending on your area, and you may even get store credit for your donation. Call ahead before just showing up if you want to make sure you’re not wasting a trip.

For those of us who don’t live a convenient distance from one of these stores, however, Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program accepts mailed contributions. You’ll simply have to pay for shipping. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that your old shoes got turned into fresh material, insulation, or track/playground rubber rather than just clogging up a landfill somewhere. All you have to do is send your shoes to:

Nike Recycling Center c/o Reuse-A-Shoe 199 Pearson Parkway Lebanon, IN 46052

And once that happens, the only thing you have left to do is find a replacement pair of sneakers, lace them up, and get back to the gym!

Always Think Before You Toss

The key to being more eco-friendly is not to completely change all your habits overnight. Rather, you need to take small steps, and look at the waste you’re generating every day. Because using less is important, as is buying green when you can. Any time you go to toss something in the trash, make sure there isn’t a better use for it.

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