FORT MYERS, Fla. - If your kicks still have plenty of life in them, Nike and FGCU Athletics encourage you to get involved and participate in the ReUse-A-Shoe revolution.
From September 7 through November 11, Nike and FGCU Athletics will be collecting your gently worn footwear to be a part of the ReUse-A-Shoe recycling program. To keep the recycling equipment running smoothly, Nike’s guidelines for donating are:
- Athletic shoes only (any brand)
- No shoes containing metal
- No cleats or dress shoes
- No wet or damp shoes
FGCU’s drop boxes will be located outside of the Alico Arena and the Outdoor Sports Complex Athletic Training Rooms.
There are a number of great organizations dedicated to shoe donation, where lightly worn shoes are collected and sent to needy communities or individuals. Nike Reuse-A-Shoe is different because worn-out shoes, which would otherwise go to a landfill, are turned into something new, like tracks and playgrounds
More than 1.5 million pairs of post-consumer shoes are collected for recycling each year. Nike has made it possible for athletic shoes of every kind to become much more than waste in a landfill and to serve a greater purpose long after they’ve run their last race. Since the early 1990s, ReUse-A-Shoe has recycled worn-out athletic shoes, along with manufacturing scrap, into sports and playground surfaces. To date, 21 million pairs of shoes have been rescued from landfills and reborn into hundreds of sports and playground surfaces around the world.
About Nike ReUse-A-Shoe (www.nikereuseashoe.com)
Established in the early 1990s, Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling, transforming them into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces as well as select Nike products.
To date, no other athletic footwear organization has created a similar program or has devoted the time and resources needed to find innovative uses for recycled footwear and manufacturing scrap materials that Nike has. Nike continues to identify and create innovative ways in which the company can minimize its environmental footprint and that of the entire athletic shoe manufacturing industry.