Zero hero Louay contacted me last week and said:
“I have some shoes that are beyond giving to charity shops and so wondered if you knew of any way to recycle them?”
Now I’m not sure what happens to shoes that are beyond wearing if you put them in a textiles bank – does anyone know? I’m wondering if the materials could be salvaged for something else.
You may even be able to take them to a charity shop for the ‘rag man’ – you’d need to double check with your local shop.
If you’re in the US, you lucky folk can take athletic shoes, sneakers and trainers into your local Nike store. They’ll grind them down to create a new material called Nike Grind, which is used to make high-quality sports surfaces including courts, turf fields and tracks.
Meanwhile the team at ClothesBank.co.uk, who have collection areas listed on their website, will sort gladly take any shoes, in any condition off your hands. They say “Don’t worry if you think your shoes are too worn, ClothesBank.co.uk will strip the shoes that can’t be sent and will recycle the materials. They may even be turned into wiper cloths!”
But in case those ideas don’t out I’ve found some creative ideas from around the Internet – everything from the practical to real conversation-stoppers!
This footstool comes with the caption “This was my housewarming present from my new neighbors. They bragged about how they found it at a tag sale in south Georgia. Oh, joy. I’m now the proud owner of the ugliest/creepiest stool on planet Earth. All I’m thinking is: “how long do I have to display this before I can dismantle it and burn it in a bonfire?”
Toilet roll holder
Over on Poetic Home I saw these boots which is captioned “These look to be vintage boots fashioned with old wooden rolling pins stuck inside — and voila — a fabulously unique toilet paper holder!”
This might be a great way to give a longer lease of life to shoes that are already heading to landfill.
I don’t know about you, but having books fall over on my shelves is one of my bugbears.
It needn’t be any longer with these fabulous bookends, inspired by Giddy Spinster – she’s a designer working with the unusual medium of reclaimed stiletto heels!
Well not so much a box as a boot! Look at this fantastic bird nesting house – I’m not sure how easy it would be to clean out, but it would certainly cause a stir in the garden.
The object d’art
This picture speaks for itself. It’s a ‘just because’ moment – who could resist?
What a funky lamp. Let there be upcycled light my friends!
Well these ideas should keep Louay busy for a while – which is your favourite?