Watch These Shoes Get Recycled into Ski Boots
In 2017, the US alone produced over 12.8 million tons of shoe and clothing waste. We all know that shoes have a limited life cycle, but it is up to not only us consumers but also the creators of the shoes to decide what will happen to the shoes after they have reached their end. As consumers, we can donate shoes or find other ways to recycle or reuse them so that they don't end up in the trash. Shoe companies, on the other hand, can make the shoes more recyclable. Lately we've seen more of this start to appear. Adidas created the Futurecraft Loop recyclable shoe that is made 100% from recyclable material. A lesser-known company named Salomon is also taking the recyclable approach. They are making running shoes out of one material called Thermoplastic Polyurethane. This material is light and durable and can be reshaped when heated. Salomon allows customers to return their shoes instead of throwing them away and in turn, they recycle the shoes into Ski boots. It will be interesting to see what other companies start to take this "recycle and reuse" approach to become more sustainably focused. In the meantime watch the video below to see how it's done!