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Heard of These Recycled Shoes for Children? #WATWB

Shoes for all We are the world Blogfest

We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.

In the spirit of WATWB, In darkness be the light, today I share the story “of two young athletes in Mumbai who have come together to convert old shoes into new footwear for unshod schoolchildren in small villages.”

“Green Sole has teamed up with schools and colleges to distribute remade footwear across states such as Odisha, Assam, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. So far they have provided more than 150,000 pairs of flip-flops and slippers.

“We have also started retailing our recycled footwear through stores and online portals,” said one of the founders, Shriyans Bhandari. “Besides making footwear and distributing it, we are very proud of having set up a skill centre in Jharkhand, to train tribal women in recycling footwear.”

The duo is working with large companies such as Adidas, Sketchers and H&M to collect old shoes, and absorb the cost of converting them into new slippers for children. A donation of 200 rupees (£2.30) is enough to recycle one shoe. Shriyans says that his “ambitious mission is now to make sure that every person in the country has a pair of shoes by 2023.”

Recycling and upcycling have been part of our lives for very long, but somewhere along the way, we forgot about them in our relentless pursuit of consumerism. All props to organisations like Green Sole, which are doing their best for this planet and its people.
What examples of recycling and upcycling have you seen around you? What would you say about initiatives like Green Sole? Do you have a story for We are the World?



This post was the latest installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday oWe Are the World Blogfest Writing by handf each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • It’s really a positive movement, driven by a passion for humanity.

  • Obsessivemom says:

    This is a fabulous initiative – a seemingly small way to bring in such a happy change for the kids.

  • simonfalk28 says:

    I just love the practical everyday goodness of this initiative, Damyanti. It literally helps these young people step out in life. Thank you for who you are and all you do.

  • Parul Thakur says:

    What a beautiful initiative. This serves multiple purposes. Thanks for letting us all know about it.

  • Rajlakshmi says:

    Excellent initiative and yes, it is an ambitious but with support and dedication, this is possible. Also the best part is the shoes are recycled. We need more initiatives like these which help the environment too.

  • indywrites says:

    Yes, I have heard of them, a video on whatsapp was doing the rounds. I think it’s a wonderful initiative. More power to them.

    Thank you for supporting #WATWB

  • JoAnna says:

    I love it when compassion and recycling come together. With all the shoes that are thrown away, they will have plenty of material. But it takes creative determination to bring all this together. Impressive!

  • Christy B says:

    I like that they’re using goods that are already created, thus giving new life to the materials. They’re new again, without utilizing new materials. Green IS awesome, as is this organization.

  • Soumya Prasad says:

    Such a wonderful initiative and I’m so glad to see big names coming out to help them. This puts the cause on the global map! I hope they meet their goals soon.

  • Shalzmojo says:

    This is a wonderful initiative and am happy to see global companies pitching in to help as well. May the goal be achieved by 2023!!

  • Modern Gypsy says:

    What a wonderful initiative! It’s always so inspiring to hear of people who are passionately working on ideas and ways to improve the lives of others.

  • dgkaye says:

    A beautiful initiative! <3

  • What a worthwhile project. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  • macjam47 says:

    What a wonderful idea! Kudos to the young athletes who came up with the idea and set it into motion.

  • Mary J says:

    This is a wonderful initiative. Kudos to the two athletes who started it to ensure kids have shoes on their feet and thanks for sharing this story, Damyanti. Perhaps if the Green Soles become available for purchase in the US one day, I could make a contribution.

  • JT Twissel says:

    Great idea – I hope it spreads worldwide.

  • What an inspiring idea!

  • What a great idea. And they can be made so cheap!

  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – we collect shoes here … but this is a great initiative in Mumbai – lots and lots of children there … and being able to wear shoes will help their feet, keep some disease out … enable the kids to do more – excellent idea – thanks for sharing … cheers Hilary

  • cleemckenzie says:

    Stories like these are always uplifting.

  • Jacqui Murray says:

    How wonderful. And from ordinary people. Thank you, Damyanti.

  • Debbie D. says:

    Wonderful idea! Not only do they provide much-needed footwear, but also an opportunity to learn skills. Kudos to these two athletes and everyone like them for making the world a better place.

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