Voice of Real Australia: How many pairs of old shoes do you accumulate? | Review of northern beaches

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Shoe accumulators: Women are more likely to keep shoes they don’t wear, keeping an average of seven pairs, while men keep about three pairs.

A big problem with shoes is the unused shoes, apparently.

An organization called TreadLightly did some research.

This research found that the average Australian owns around five pairs of shoes that they don’t wear.

That’s 100 million pairs of unused shoes in our closets, guys.

A quarter of those questioned hang on to their old shoes “for a rainy day or for sentimental reasons”.

Half of those surveyed confessed to throwing unwanted shoes in the trash.

TreadLightly – a new national, industry-led recycling initiative managed by the Australian Sporting Goods Association and Save Our Soles – addresses this problem.

It takes unwanted athletic and active lifestyle shoes and recycles them into rugs and flooring for retail stores, gyms and playgrounds.

“This research highlights how many shoes collect dust in the home and how many shoes end up in the trash because we don’t know what else to do with them,” said Shaun Bajada, executive director of Australian Sporting Goods. Association.

Bajada said it was a national problem of “significant environmental concern”, with shoe components taking more than 1,000 years to decompose.

“TreadLightly exists to solve a very real industry problem. We are committed to working closely with retailers, manufacturers and consumers to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint and prevent millions of shoes from going to landfill each year.

Over 110 million shoes are imported to Australia each year, including 25 million sports and athletic lifestyle shoes.

TreadLightly is calling on Australians to help it reach its goal of recycling more than a million pairs of shoes by 2023.

“All you have to do is pick up any unwanted active sports or lifestyle shoes at home – from sneakers and trainers to golf shoes – and bring them to one of our more than 400 retailers. participants to be recycled when your state opens. “

Women are more likely to keep shoes they don’t wear, keeping an average of seven pairs, while men keep about three pairs.

And more than half of women buy shoes every six months or more, with most owning an average of 11 pairs.

TreadLightly works with Adidas, The Athletes Foot, Nike, New Balance, Platypus, Hush Puppies, SportsPower and Rebel Sport. We are happy to hear this, because companies need to be responsible for the waste they create in a fair circular economy.

So … if the shoe fits you, wear it.

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