Gallery: 12-Year-Old Boy Saves 4,000 Pairs of Shoes from the Landfill

 

Each year over 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown into United States landfills, and 12-year-old “Eco” Erek Hansen has made it his personal mission to make sure more of those shoes are recycled. The Ohio kid has been organizing shoe drives in his home town, collecting cast off sneaks and turning them over to clothing recycler USAgain. He and his mother drove the 4,000 pairs of shoes he collected all the way to the to the USAgain clothing recycling facility in West Chicago. The shoes will either be reused by the underprivileged or recycled.

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