Sure, you can extend the life of your recyclables by tossing them in the curbside bin, but did you know your trash can also benefit charitable causes? A whopping 72 percent of Earth911 readers said they would be more likely to recycle if it benefited charity, according to our informal homepage poll. So, to help you give back with your throw-aways, Earth911 rounded up this list of 10 common household items you can recycle for charity, conserving natural resources and making a difference in your community.
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Americans discarded more than 300 million pairs of shoes last year alone. Rather than let your unwanted kicks go to waste, donate them to a good cause to help those in need and conserve natural resources.
Nashville-based Soles4Souls collects all types of shoes – sandals, sneakers and boots – in any age range, from children’s to adult sizes.
New and gently-worn shoes are refurbished and delivered to low-income school districts and domestic violence and homeless shelters in the U.S., as well as shipped overseas to countries like Honduras, Costa Rica, Tanzania and India.
Since 2005, the nonprofit has distributed 17 million pairs of shoes to people in need in more than 127 countries.
If your kicks are too trashed to wear, check out Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, where shoes are recycled into material for playgrounds, basketball courts and other athletic surfaces.
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