You particpate in Infantsee, you have signed up for the World Sight Day, you donate time with the homeless, but sometimes you just want to do something fun, interesting and out of the box for an eyecare office.
A very eco friendly and cause related event that you can have is a Shoe Recycling Day, where people who have old shoes can come in and recycle their shoes at your office. You the eyecare provider can do several things to encourage people to come to your office such as offering a few eyeglass case, lens cleaner, eyeglass retainer, AR coat, Mirror Coat or even a discount on your eye exams.
The benefits are numerous 1.) Great press 2.) Increases the talk factor 3.) Something to blog, Facebook and Twitter about. 4.) Potential new patients 5.) Brings in old patients 6.) Says you care 7.) Offers community support.
Before you say- everyone has shoes, we sometimes forget that the majority of people in the world don’t own a pair of shoes:
- Over 300 Million Children in the World do not own a pair of Shoes
- Americans throw away over 300 Million pairs of shoes in our landfills
- Shoes don’t biodegrade and many toxic elements leak into our groundwater
- The average person has 3 pair of shoes they do not wear.
- In many cases children without shoes are not allowed to go to school
- Over 600,000 pairs of shoes have been given to children under the One for One movement since TOMS launched in 2006. Toms Shoes gives away a pair of shoes for every shoe sold.
Even if they shoes are unwearable, companies such as Nike take old shoes and build gymnasiums and has built over 1000 to date. Shoes are also being broken down and companies such as Timberland are reusing old shoes and making new.
Having a shoe recycling event is a great way to network with your local recycling center and even your local podiatrists or chiropractor, synergizing your efforts for new patients.
- One Day Without Shoes (April 5th 2011) A national event in which in 2010 250,000 people did not wear shoes
- Green Eco Services– How to Recycle and Reuse Shoes
Where to Recyle Shoes
- Boulder Running: (Colorado)
- Center For Sustainable Living (UK) recycle to charities
- Chaco Inc: Rock Creek Outdoor Retailer:
- Crocs: In development, recycling your Crocs (Soles United)
- Federacion Departamental de Atletism Cuzco (Cuzco, Peru
- First Christian Church of Jacksonville, is recycling for Haiti
- Helping Hands Shoe Bank (Rockwall, TX) 972.771.7658
- New Balance-
- Nike Shoe Recycling Program: Reuse a Shoe program, makes into gymasiums and more
- Oakengates Shoe Banks (UK) Recycle to Charities
- Odd Shoe Finder- Allows users to buy and sell mismatched pairs of shoes
- One World Running
- Perpetual Prosperity Pumps Foundation
- Recycled Runners: Has drop off location on websites. (International as well)
- Refuse and Recyclling Services – Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto, CA 496.5910
- ReRunSportsShoes in Mass, NY, and New England www.rerunsportshoes.com
- ReTex Northwest (Mill Creek, WA)
- Running Wild (Coralville, Iowa) 319.351.3602recycles to youths
- Samaritan’s Feet:
- Share A Pair
- Shoe Recycling Program in Des Plaines IL. 847.296.9205 Recycle for athletic surfaces
- Shoe Recycle Program (Denver, CO) recycle to Mexico
- Simply Soles (Washington DC)
- Soleaid.org -Recycles shoes to provide scholarships for people in the USA, helps families and children overseas
- Sole Responsibilty: (Canada)
- The Shoe Bank: Goal is to put comfortable shoes on homeless in Dallas
- Up & Running (UK) www.upandrunning.co.uk
- U Tube video about Shoe Donations in Africa (Shoes for Africa) Boulder, CO 303.473.1318
- Ways to Help Shoe Recycling Program (Soles4Soles) – list of donation sites
- World Shoe Relief (Trabuco Canyon, CA