Closing the Loop
Nike’s vision is that our products will be “closed loop” -- that is, they will use the fewest possible materials and be assembled in ways that allow them to be readily recycled into new products. One example of this vision comes to life in our Reuse-A-Shoe program.
In the early 1990s, we created Reuse-A-Shoe to reclaim valuable materials from worn-out athletic shoes that would otherwise be headed for the landfill. Through this program, we’ve collected more than 25 million pairs of athletic shoes for recycling. We've also collected and recycled more than 30,000 tons of scrap material from the manufacturing process.
These collected shoes and scrap materials are then recycled into what we call Nike Grind. As part of Nike’s global community investment program, we’ve partnered with leading sports surfacing companies to incorporate Nike Grind into thousands of sport surfaces to provide places for kids to play. Together, we’re working toward a common goal: To create the highest-quality sports surfaces available using premium-grade recycled material that is born out of the athlete's own equipment.