WE ARE COLLABORATING WITH SHOE AID
We are very excited to announce our collaboration with a fantastic charity, ‘Shoe Aid’. We always hear from parents about how their children’s shoes still look ‘as good as new’ but their children have grown out of them. This got us thinking about how we could make the best use of these outgrown shoes, which is when we discovered Shoe Aid. We feel that as a charity, they promote everything that we believe in ourselves at The Shoe Zoo. We particularly like the fact that this charity is committed to ensuring that UK kids wear the right fitting shoes to help promote proper foot development. Their mission is to, source and supply free footwear through their collection and distribution network across the UK, so that no child or adult has to go without shoes.
At The Shoe Zoo, we are increasingly aware of how our practises in the shop and ‘Bamboo’ our café, affect the environment. We have already made several changes including; using paper bags instead of plastic, changing all of the bottles of drinks in the café from plastic to glass bottles and using paper instead of plastic drinking straws. We already recycle all of our cardboard and plastic packaging but we wanted to go further than this to reduce waste going into landfill. Did you know that almost 2 million shoes end up in landfill every week? This is an environmental disaster as well as a tragic waste as there are 4 million children in the UK wearing ill-fitting shoes as well as 200,000 homeless people who do not have access to sturdy shoes.
So, how can you help? We now have a Shoe Aid collection bin in The Shoe Zoo and we welcome donations of any type of shoes, from children’s to adults, football boots, school shoes, trainers, dance shoes etc, etc. In fact any type of footwear which is in good, wearable condition as there will be a family somewhere who could use these shoes to enhance their life, whether it means that a child can attend school without fear of ridicule, an adult can attend a job interview, a teenager can access a sports club with the proper footwear or a homeless person can have comfortable, dry feet. Your shoes that are gathering dust at the back of a wardrobe can now have a new lease of life.