From Nike Reuse-A-Shoe to Nike Grind
Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program was established in the early 1990s. The Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling and transforms them into Nike Grind, a material used to create courts, tracks, fields and playgrounds.
The program began because Nike sought ways to reduce the company's environmental footprint and the amount of shoes that went to landfills. Nike first started by collecting worn-out athletic shoes, and then teamed with other organizations to make them into sport surfaces and more.
Nike collects more than 1.5 million pairs of shoes for recycling each year in addition to thousands of tons of manufacturing scrap material.
The impact of Reuse-A-Shoe goes beyond keeping old kicks out of the trash. As one of Nike's longest-running environmental programs, Reuse-A-Shoe has been blazing the trail for product sustainability and environmentally preferred business practices since 1990.
WHERE CAN I RECYCLE MY SHOES?
There are two ways you can recycle your shoes with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program:
- Bring up to 10 pairs of shoes to any Reuse-A-Shoe collection drop-off, located at most Nike Stores as well as some international Nike locations. Please contact the store before visiting.
- If you are unable to visit a drop off location, you can mail your shoes directly to Nike's recycling facility.
- Nike cannot pay for shipping costs, and to ensure that the shipping and collection of shoes doesn't negatively offset the environmental benefit of recycling, we encourage you to drop off your shoes at a collection point if possible.
- You can mail your shoes directly to Nike's Europe Facility:
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SHOES AFTER I DROP THEM OFF?
Your shoes are transported to one of two facilities in Memphis, Tennessee or Meerhout, Belgium (whichever is closest). Once there, the shoes are processed into Nike Grind material.
WHAT IS NIKE GRIND?
Nike Grind includes three types of raw materials made from recycled athletic shoes and manufacturing byproducts: rubber from the outsole, foam from the midsole and fabric from the upper. These materials are ground up and used by select companies in sport and playground surfaces, as well as in numerous Nike apparel, footwear and equipment products.