The Pedestrian Shops, a Boulder, CO-based “green” retailer, really knows how to give back on Earth Day. During its annual Earth Day Shoe Drive, the store–along with Boulder’s Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) and Patagonia Footwear–encourages customers from all over the area to donate used shoes for a set of great causes.
During the shoe drive, which kicks off today and runs through April 23, Pedestrian Shops will donate 5 percent of any purchase made by shoe donors to the CRC, which supports conservation programs along Colorado’s Front Range that focus on waste reduction and energy and water conservation.
To top it off, Patagonia Footwear continues its well-known sustainability efforts by donating $10 to the CRC for each pair of Patagonia shoes purchased either in the Pedestrian Shops store or on its website (www.comfortableshoes.com).
Running and athletic shoes in good condition will be donated to One World Running, an organization founded by runner and writer Mike Sandrock that provides shoes to less-developed countries, while shoes that are a little worse for wear will be turned into turf for playgrounds.
On the other hand, business and casual shoes will be given to the Deacon’s Closet at the local First Presbyterian Church, which assists individuals who are transitioning into the workforce and are in need of assistance.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” says Pedestrian Shops President and Co-Founder Richard Polk. “We are delighted to help CRC in its efforts to conserve resources in the community.”