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20 billion pairs of shoes are made annually and roughly 300 million are thrown away every year? These take 30-40 years to decompose and some midsoles can last up to 1000 years in landfill.
Since starting out in 2017, The Sneaker Laundry has been committed to creating an environmentally sustainable business model. We are committed to taking sneaker maintenance to Australians to prolong the wearability of shoes before they get binned.
We started a ‘second-chance sneaker’ initiative back in 2017 to restore donated sneakers and pass them along to help the homeless in Melbourne, in partnership with Launch Housing, Frontyard Youth Services, and the Salvation Army (and supported by the Melbourne City Council).
We’ve received, restored and donated thousands of sneakers since then, giving old shoes a new life while doing our part for the public (and the environment). Win-win.
We also partnered with Good360 and Crossenvale Community House after the floods in 2023 to donate, distribute, and clean footwear for affected residents and homeless folk.
If you’d like to donate a pair of sneakers to the cause, drop into our Sydney or Melbourne store. Please be aware that we cannot accept shoes with rips and tears in them, as we cannot restore these.
When the founders of the Sneaker Laundry – a start-up in the CBD that cleans sneakers – wanted to give to the homeless at Christmas they looked to their own feet.READ MORE
Over the years, we’ve been developing the formula in our cleaning solutions to be more eco-friendly.
Since 2019, we’ve made a conscious effort to reduce the number of non-recyclable sachets we send out in products. We use recyclable shipping boxes and biodegradable packing peanuts. Safe, secure, and sustainable.