Green Tip of the Week #21 – Recycle Your Crocs

crocs.jpgCrocs. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that you love ‘em. You love ‘em so much that you wear them all the time, in fact, until the tread is worn out, but then what are you supposed to do with them?
Throw them out? No.
Donate them to charity? That’s better.
How about recycle them? Recycle them?! Yes, recycle them!

Thanks to Soles United – a Crocs program – your used, worn-out Crocs will be recycled into new shoes and distributed to people in need around the world. For more information, to watch a video about how it works and to find recycling locations in your area, visit Soles United.

Thanks to Forever Daisies for this green tip.

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15 thoughts on “Green Tip of the Week #21 – Recycle Your Crocs

  1. Who knew?! Thanks. I love my crocs and I just bought my 11-month-old a pair of frocs from T*arget. Love ‘em! Happy holiday weekend!

    BTW- I love my “Breastfeed for a healthy mama, baby, world” shirt. In fact, I wore it just yesterday.

  2. Just learned about this program last week – very cool. In an odd twist of coincidence, this morning there were random/miss-matched crocs scattered all around my condo complex (pink with fur, black with grey strap, blue, etc.). Boulder…she is weird. Anyway, if they’re still there by the end of the day, I’m collecting and donating them!

  3. This is very timely for me. Both my kids have worn out their crocs – new crocs are on the way from Zappos and I was wondering if I could recycle the old ones or if they had to go in the trash. I will check out the link. Thanks.

  4. I’ve never worn crocks before but I’m glad that more companies are recycling instead of shoes ending up in the landfill. So many of us just chuck out shoes when we are done with them when we could repair them, resole them, sell them, donate them or recycle them.

  5. aha! i was waiting for someone to come around to this recycling thing….my hubby has been holding onto his wornout ones and now i know what to do with them. i think it’s almost time for a new header pic with this year’s colors:-)

  6. You can also recycle non-croc shoes. Nike has a Reuse-A-Shoe program that recycles old tennis shoes (even other brands than Nike) into Nike Grind, which they use to make athletic surfaces. And ShareYourSoles.org was started by a woman who visited Central America in 1999 and saw the local children painting their feet with tar so they could run a race. She collects gently used shoes and then redistributes them all over the world. Her program gives kids what is sometimes their first pair of shoes.

    Both have drop off centers across the US and you can send shoes in the mail too. Postage is tax deductible.

    I have a big box of shoes in my closet that I’m saving for our trip to the beach this fall. There is a drop off center about 45 minutes from the place we stay.

  7. thanks for this tip! crocs are so ubiquitous in my house that my 1-year-old’s second word was “croc” – generic for any shoe. yikes.

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