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NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE FAQS

WHAT IS THE NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE PROGRAM?

Established in the early 1990s, Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling, and along with pre-consumer shoe waste, transforms them into Nike Grind, a material used to create athletic and playground surfaces and more.

HOW DID THE NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE PROGRAM BEGIN?

More than two decades ago, Nike began looking for ways to reduce the company's environmental footprint and the number of shoes that ended up in landfills. Nike first started by collecting worn-out athletic shoes, and then teamed up with other organizations to make them into sport surfaces and more.

HOW MANY SHOES ARE RECYCLED EACH YEAR?

More than 1.5 million pairs of worn-out shoes are collected for recycling each year, in addition to thousands of tons of pre-consumer manufacturing scrap material that is also recycled. Since the program began, we've collected more than 28 million pairs of used athletic shoes.

HOW IS NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SHOE DONATION PROGRAMS?

There are a number of organizations dedicated to shoe donations, where lightly worn shoes are collected and sent to communities or individuals. Nike Reuse-A-Shoe is different because we take worn-out shoes - ones that would otherwise go to landfills - and recycle them into something new, like tracks, playgrounds or materials for new Nike products. If your shoes still have life in them, we encourage you to research shoe donation options in your area. But once they reach retirement, Reuse-A-Shoe is the place to go.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD DONATE OR RECYCLE MY SHOES?

To know if your shoes should be donated or recycled, use these simple guidelines:

  • Recycle your shoes if…
    • They're full of holes or are just too trashed to wear.
    • The soles are worn out or the tread is gone.
    • If the cushioning looks crinkled, rippled or lacks support.
  • Donate your shoes if…
    • Your shoes still have life in them.
    • They're still in good shape, but you no longer like them.

CAN A GUEST SPEAKER COME TO MY SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION TO TALK ABOUT NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE?

Unfortunately, the program doesn't currently arrange for speaking engagements.


THE INPUT: RECYCLING MY SHOES

WHERE DO I RECYCLE MY SHOES?

Recycling shoes is extremely easy. There are two ways you can recycle your shoes through the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program:

  1. Bring up to 10 pairs of shoes to any Reuse-A-Shoe collection location, which can be found at most Nike and Converse retail stores (excluding stores in Switzerland, Canary Island, Russia, Turkey, and Croatia).
  2. You can mail your shoes directly to Nike's recycling facility. Nike cannot pay for delivery costs, and to ensure that the delivery and collection of shoes doesn't negatively offset the environmental benefit of recycling, we encourage you to drop off your shoes at a collection point if possible.

    Europe Facility:
    Ras/IOK afvalbeheer
    Ambachtstraat 4A
    2450 Meerhout
    Belgium

WHAT KIND OF SHOES CAN I RECYCLE?

You can drop off athletic shoes of any brand for recycling. Nike's recycling equipment is set up specifically for the material and dimensions of athletic shoes. For this reason we are not able to accept sandals, flip-flops, dress shoes, or boots. We also can't accept shoes containing metal such as cleats or spikes.

CAN I ORGANIZE A SHOE RECYCLING EVENT WITH MY ORGANIZATION?

The Reuse-A-Shoe program doesn't currently support recycling events outside specific drop-off locations. (See "Where do I recycle my shoes?").

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SHOES AFTER I DROP THEM OFF?

Your shoes are transported to one of two facilities in Memphis, Tennessee or Meerhout, Belgium (whichever is closest) where they are processed into Nike Grind material.

CAN I RECEIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPT FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE PROGRAM?

As Reuse-A-Shoe is considered a recycling program and not a shoe donation program, we are unable to generate receipts for shoe recycling efforts.

I DON'T LIVE IN THE U.S. OR EUROPE. WHERE CAN I TAKE MY SHOES FOR RECYCLING?

If you don't have local access to Nike Reuse-A-Shoe we recommend donating to a charity or contacting your local city or government office for recycling options in your area.


THE OUTPUT: USE OF NIKE GRIND

WHAT IS NIKE GRIND?

Nike Grind includes three types of raw materials made from recycled athletic shoes and manufacturing byproducts: rubber from the outsole, foam from the midsole and fabric from the upper. These materials are ground up and used by select companies in sport and playground surfaces, as well as in numerous Nike apparel, footwear and equipment products.

HOW IS NIKE GRIND USED?

Industry leading sports and playground surfacing companies utilize Nike Grind to manufacture high-performance athletic surfaces such as tennis and basketball courts, running tracks, athletic fields and playgrounds. Additionally, Nike has discovered innovative uses for Nike Grind in various footwear and apparel products.

IF I RECYCLE SHOES, WILL NIKE DONATE A SURFACE TO MY ORGANIZATION?

We do not donate surfaces in exchange for collecting shoes. Our vision is to help reduce the number of shoes that end up in landfills. Nike has established relationships with leading surface providers who can install a surface containing Nike Grind; however, Nike does not donate surfaces to organizations or individuals as a result of their efforts to collect shoes.

Note that the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe and Nike Grind programs do not offer support or product donations directly. For more information and an application, visit the Nike Giving Guidelines.

WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NIKE GRIND?

Further details on the product, its applications and how to get connected can be found at www.nikegrind.com.

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