Tag Archive: Shoes

Fit to Be Tied: Recycle Shoelaces

Recycled shoelaces made from reclaimed kimonosIt was a proud moment when you first learned to tie your own shoelaces, but now you probably only take notice when someone tells you they’re untied. Well we don’t want to trip you to get your attention, but here’s some tips you can use for the next time your shoelaces need to be replaced.

FREE Pair of Recycled Shoelaces

These recycled shoelaces are made from old plastic water bottles. This is a neat manufacturing process where plastic bottles are crushed and formed into little pellets. These pellets are poured into large vats and melted and stirred, and polyester strands are woven by manufacturers into fabric.

To really see what recycled shoelaces are all about, request a free pair at Ecodot. You do have to be in the U.S. for free shipping. They have a ton of other recycled products, most of which is made in the U.S.

You can also find cool laces made out of equally cool recycled materials. For example, these beautiful laces are made from reclaimed kimonos!

Beyond Shoes

Keeping your shoes on aren’t the only way to use old shoelaces. Especially if they’re broken or you’re missing a match, shoelaces can be repurposed or reused around the house or to make some amazing art.

If your old shoelaces have spent any amount of time serving their original purpose on your shoes, then they’re probably a little dirty. Next time you do laundry, run them through the wash (in a delicates bag or pillowcase tied with a rubber band). Now your old shoelace is clean, and essentially, string! Using shoelaces as string is what repurposing is all about; reusing an item for a different purpose than for which it was manufactured or intended. Here are some ideas for reuse instead of tossing it in the trash.

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Easy Ways To Recycle Old Shoes

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There are plenty of places and people that can use your old shoes if you just know where to look. Usually if your shoes are in decent condition, you can donate them to a thrift store. There are also lots of donation drop-off containers around- have you seen them?

When your shoes are worn out but made with quality materials, you can also try a shoe repair company. It sounds simple, but many people overlook this fact. Maybe it seems “old-fashioned” to go to a cobbler, but they can put a new rubber sole on, etc. If they’re a pair you love, it’s worth a shot to investigate places in your area that repair shoes.

Try using Shoe Goo on old pairs of shoes that have worn out in only some places.

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Recycled Sandals and Flip Flops

Made with recycled flip flops!If you’re looking to get rid of those now broken sandals, remember there are alternative to throwing them in the trash. Here’s some great information about recycling sandals and keeping the environment in mind next time you go looking for a new pair. We’ll cover everything from upcycling sandals into cool products to buying easily recycled sandals.

There are better alternatives to those cheap, plastic flip flops that you can find en masse at dollar stores. First of all, flip flops become a problem when they are discarded and litter the ocean and drainage systems, not to mention that they do not decompose in landfills. One practice is to close the recycling loop by increasing demand for recycled products. You can find sandals made from recycled products such as bicycle inner tubes, tires and hemp which can all be recycled again.

Low quality plastic sandals contain polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. PVC is not a healthy chemical, to say the least. It’s toxic! Don’t just listen to me, see what this talking bar of soap has to say about it…

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