Walker Middle School FBLA partnered with Nike to coordinate a shoe drive in September. For the project, known as Nike Reuse a Shoe, Walker Middle School collected used or worn-out shoes that were ready to be thrown away.
The shoes were sent to Nike, where they were shredded with special manufacturing scraps. This process makes a substance called “Nike grind,” which can be found in many places, such as running tracks, shoe soles and hoodie zippers. Nike grind also can be used to make athletic surfaces such as basketball courts and playgrounds.
Walker Middle FBLA collected more than 300 pair of used shoes. Eleven boxes full of footwear were sent to Nike for recycling. For more information or to start your own recycling drive, go to www.nikereuseashoe.com.