The average American man owns 12 pairs of shoes and the average American woman owns 27 pairs, according to the Center for the New American Dream in 2013. Unfortunately, I found I am above average – I own 33 pairs of shoes. I tend to hold on to shoes for decades. I made this episode so I could confirm that there are great options for recycling shoes that are no longer wearable.
If you need suggestions on decluttering your shoes, I recommend the podcast “The Art of Decluttering” episode 58 on shoes.
Organizations Which Recycle and Reuse Shoes
DIY Projects to Reuse Shoes
- Make flip flops into rubber stamps
- Painting canvas shoes
- Curriculum for teachers about painting shoes inspired by a famous artist
Artists Who Creatively Reuse Shoes
Buying Shoes with the Least Environmental Impact
Recommendations from Ethical Consumer:
- Script for this podcast episode about creatively reusing shoes (not a transcript but gives the main ideas)
- The Trashmagination podcast theme music is Kitchen from the Marian Circle Drum Brigade.