Shoes4U• Dedicated to sending shoes made of recycled materials to poor areas around the world!
Materials•Approximately 242 million tires are discarded annually inthe United States. Fewer than 7 percent are recycled, 11percent are burned for fuel, and 5 percent are exported.The remaining 78 percent are sent to landfills, stockpiled,or illegally dumped.• Millions of plastic grocery bags are thrown away intolandfills, or just tossed into the streets.
Reason• We want to use these materials to provide shoes for poor people around the world that have traverse rough terrain in order to fulfill their daily tasks.• Shoes will prevent diseases and allow the people to be able to walk for a longer time than they would with out shoes.
Build-Up• Cut a 5” x 11” rectangle of rubber.• Cut about ½” slits horizontally on the side of the shoe about 5” away from the toe.• Braid 3 plastic grocery bags together to form the strap, weave them through the horizontal slits and pull until tight, tie loose ends and cut off excess material• Cut slits vertically on the side of the shoes for flexibility, about 5 on the front and 3 on the back (relative to the strap).• Cut off portions of the rubber base to fit your own foot.• (See video for more in-depth explanation)
Why tires?• We thought of both recycled tires and plastic bottles, because they were easy to access and were very practical for making shoes.• Whenever we tried to make shoes out of bottles, they would not flatten right or they would not fit and they ended up being very uncomfortable.• The bottle would also create noise while walking on it.• When we started working with the tire, it was nice and flat while walking on it, however the tire we used was rounded and had no flat spots and tended to rub up against our toes, but the tire was still the best option.
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