Sunday, September 11, 2011

Nike’s Reuse a shoe

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. This program takes old shoes and breaks them down into their primary components for reuse in other applications. You can drop off your shoes for recycling at any Nike or Converse store in the United States and many others throughout the world. The old shoes are recycled, along with pre-consumer material, which includes shoes that aren’t fit to sell due to defects and assorted scrap from the shoe manufacturing process. The shoes are then broken down into three components: the rubber from the soles, foam from the midsole and the fabric used in the upper. These materials are then recycled for use in different applications.

The rubber is melted down for use in running track surfaces.
The foam is used under the surface of tennis courts.
The fabric is used to make padding for facilities such as basketball courts.

In this way, every part of the shoe is re-used in a worthwhile sporting application.

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