Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Got Sole??

No, not the fish, although that could be tasty.  What I'm talking about here are the soles on shoes.  How many shoes do you have?  How many do you need?  Arguably, most of us probably have way too many shoes in our closets.   Some we wear now and then, a few pairs of these, a couple of pairs of those in various colors, heel types, out-of-date styles, etc.  Although I did a post last year entitled Surrender your Soles about donating shoes to those who are in need, a recent stop at my local Good Will drop off location reminded me that it was probably time to take another inventory.  The receiving attendant commented that Americans have way too many shoes (based on the fact that the previous donation was over 50 pairs-- from one woman!).  Kudos to her for donating her shoes.

Here's an interesting thought:  Every year, between 100 and 300 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills.  What's worse is that these shoes take anywhere from 40 to 1000 years to break down, depending on what they're made from. 

Adding insult to injury, a quick Internet search indicates that nearly 300 million people are without shoes.  No shoes.  Period.  Think about how your daily life would be different if you didn't have any shoes to wear, or anything to protect your feet.

With Earth Day celebrating its 41st birthday on April 22nd, donating your gently used and rarely worn shoes to those in need is a great way to eco-step your way to a greener tomorrow and to help your fellow humans. What a great way to show your Earth Day spirit!

From personal experience, I can tell you that donating your shoes and spreading the word is not hard at all.  Last  year, I collected 57 pairs of shoes (from just my immediate family) and sent them to Soles 4 Souls

You can find the nearest Souls 4 Soles Drop off location here:
Below are some other excellent places to donate your shoes:
Salvation Army
Volunteers of America
I am sure there are others.  If you know of another place to donate shoes, please share.
Happy Eco-Stepping and Happy Earth Day!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! It has always seemed somewhat offensive to me when people (women, mostly) brag about how big their shoe collection is.

    I'm inspired to take a hard look at the shoes I own and donate a few pairs this spring. Like clothing, I often hold on to them "in case" I ever wear them again, even when I don't! I haven't bought new shoes since last summer, and when I get around to it again, I'm going to be really strict with myself so I don't end up with a pair I hardly wear!