I don’t go through running shoes very quickly. As a far-from-serious runner, I usually keep my tennis shoes for at least two years before buying new ones. Yesterday, as I noticed a rather athletic friend throwing out a pair of running shoes that she had bought just months ago, I decided there must be a better way. Here’s what I found:
You can recycle your shoes! If they’re still usable, find a local donation center, like Goodwill. Or try recycledrunners.com to find a shoe recycling program near you. Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, established in the early 1990s, collects old, worn-out athletic shoes — of any brand! They’re transformed into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces as well as some Nike products. This program has collected over 24,249,000 pairs of sneakers since 1990. Not bad, though we wish it were a little more widely available!