Recycling My Running Shoes

Does anyone else hoard their running shoes? I keep them around forever and use them as my already-gross-don’t-care-if-they-get-any-grosser shoes.

After writing in a previous post about what to do with materials that are no longer usable to someone else, I learned about Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program that turns your completely destroyed shoes into Nike Grind materials for floor surfaces and new products.

nike recycle

Last week I popped over to our local Nike running store and dropped off one of my oldest pairs of running shoes. They have no cushion left and the heels are all torn up inside.  No one is going to want those, but Nike does, and they will give your Sole Mates a second life.

The Bottom of Your Shoes Are Gross

I love to lay on the floor, to stretch while watching TV, or to talk on the phone.

But just wait one minute, didn’t K  just walk all over the carpet with his shoes on?

Growing up you’re told to take your shoes off in the house. For the most part, the goal of that was to avoid tracking mud, leaves, and grass up and down the stairs.

Unfortunately, mud, leaves, and grass are actually pretty tame compared to some of the other stuff that is on the bottom of your shoes.

gym shoes

Anything you step on throughout the day will be transported into your home. That includes:

  • Bacteria that can make you sick
  • Dog/bird poop
  • Herbicides, pesticides, and other toxins
  • Whatever is on the floor of public restrooms…
  • Gasoline
  • Used gum
  • Industrial pollutants

Overall, if you wear your shoes around the house, remember that laying on the floor is like placing the bottom of your shoe on your face…GROSS.

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