Home Sustainable BRING US BACK YOUR OLD BENJIE SHOES: AN ECO-FRIENDLY AND RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE BRING US BACK YOUR OLD BENJIE SHOES: AN ECO-FRIENDLY AND RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE Published : 10/17/2020 - Categories : Sustainable Despite the announcements, recycling a pair of shoes is something very complicated if not impossible today. Cremated, buried or worse, piled up, that's how they end their lives. It is overproduction that leads to this logic. So we must remember that, to minimize environmental costs, the best solution is always to increase the life of a product more than to produce a new one, even if it is made from recycled materials! This is how we give you the opportunity for your used Benjie to have a second act! DEPARTURE A SIMPLE FINDING MADE IN OUR STORE. Since the opening of our Geneva store, every day we see parents passing by who ignore what to do with their children's old pairs of shoes! And the figures speak for themselves… “each year more than 20 million pairs of shoes end up in the trash in Switzerland” RETURN USED BENJIE TO US, WE'LL PUT THEM TO GOOD USE... This is why we make quality products that can be given a second act in life. It is key to bring back shoes that can be reused. This notion is subjective according to the parents. As a guideline, we can say that even if the shoe looks "tired" and the leather is worn, even if the mechanical functions fail to work (zipper, buckles, soles), it can be recovered. It is also important to bring pairs, tied together. This is how they will find the future child who will be happy to wear them. Shoes can only be dropped off at the Benjie store HERE WHAT HAPPENS THEN? Benjie has partnered with TEXAID to integrate its recycling program for used textiles and shoes. The shoes are collected by Canton (Emmaüs for Geneva) then sent to Shattdorf in the Canton of Uri where they are sorted. SORTING BENJIES For TEXAID, the most interesting shoes are those that can still be worn. TEXAID will therefore resell them to second-hand markets in emerging countries and thus gather financial resources for Swiss charitable organizations (Red Cross, Caritas, Emmaüs and many others). Shoes that can no longer be worn are incinerated to produce energy. MODEL QUESTIONS… It is true that our advice is often to say that it is better not to wear a shoe that was once used for the growth of a child's foot. And we continue to think so because the foot of a growing child will feel uncomfortable wearing a shoe that was shaped by a foot arch other than his own...However, in social and environmental matters, it is sometimes necessary to choose the least bad solution in the absence of a perfect solution. So, for a child in need: is it better to wear a used shoe or not wear a shoe at all? Use a second-hand shoe for longer or reproduce a new one? … all while waiting to find the perfect solution!