Introducing our new partnership with Soles4Souls!
Here’s an ugly truth about returns: each package leaves a trail of pollution from the trains, planes, and trucks required to get it back to the seller. Thankfully, with Jenzy’s proprietary matching technology, parents get the right sized shoe the first time – and cut down on those harmful emissions!
But what happens to old kids shoes that don’t fit anymore? Unfortunately, a whopping 85% of textiles end up in a landfill! That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Soles4Souls, an amazing organization that donates old shoes to those in need!
Why We Love Soles4Souls
Since 2006, Soles4Souls has diverted 51 million pounds of shoes and clothes from landfills by giving old shoes and clothes new life!
Here’s how they do it:
First, Soles4Souls provides gently-loved and new shoes to those who need them the most.
Then, they fight poverty by helping entrepreneurs launch sustainable businesses selling old shoes! On average, a gently-used pair of shoes can sell for $10 USD. That’s enough to help provide basic necessities for entrepreneurs and their families for a week.
But what if your donated shoes are really, really old? Sneakers that are too worn to be donated will be recycled and made into playgrounds, tracks, and more through Nike’s recycling program.
How to Donate
1. Find a Drop-Off Location Near You
For Philadelphia parents, drop off at Jenzy’s HQ at 800 S. 12th St in South Philly.
To find a drop off location closer to you, enter your zip code on the map HERE.
2. Create a Drop-Off Location in your Community
Have a community center, daycare or store that is interested in collecting shoes? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a collection box and a prepaid label sent to you so that everyone in your network can participate in a shoe drive!
3. Jog With Jenzy
Live in the Austin area? We’ll be collecting old shoes at Jog with Jenzy, our family-friendly fun run and shoe drive around Lake Austin Saturday, February 22 from 8:30 am - 11 am.
Plus, when you register, you’ll also get $25 off a new pair of shoes on Jenzy!
4. Free Shipping via Zappos for Good
Just create an account, print out a shipping label, and send your gently used shoes (of any size) to Soles4Souls free of charge (up to 50 lbs)!