Etnies Shoe swap

etnies will provide stylish new shoes for 100 lucky people at each of the UK events this year. Encouraging and promoting recycling; old shoes donated to The European Recycling Company at shoe banks provided at each event will be exchanged for new etnies! There’s no catch, just give them the old skate shoes you’re wearing and they’ll give you new ones! (Strictly one pair per person) etnies shoe swap

Shoes will be exchanged from the etnies tent at each Manny Mania event:

Saturday 3rd October at 12pm, London Qualifier
Classic Car Club, 250 Old Street, EC1V 9DD

Saturday 17th October at 12pm, Edinburgh Qualifier
Meadow Bank Sports Centre, 139 – 143 London Road, EH7 6AE

Saturday 31st October at 12pm, Sheffield Qualifier
Magna Steel Works, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX

Saturday 14th November at 1pm, Cardiff Qualifier
Bridgend Recreation Centre, Angel Street, CF31 4AH

Saturday 28th November at 12pm, Grand Final
Truman Brewery, Dray Walk, E1 6QL

Each and every year in the United Kingdom over 330 million pairs of new shoes are bought, later they will be discarded. Some will be incinerated. Most end up on rubbish dumps. The materials used in making shoes are not normally biodegradable and our rubbish dumps are rapidly running out of space. When incinerated they can release harmful dioxins.

The European Recycling Company provides a service where shoes that can be reconditioned and reused are sold to companies and individuals in the Third World and Eastern Europe who repair and refurbish the shoes and then sell them on at affordable prices to those who otherwise would go without.

The scheme provides a means of earning a living in countries where opportunities are sparse and the alternative is reliance on charity handouts; it is creating employment opportunities in the UK, and by recycling your shoes you are also helping the Variety Club, which exists to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK.

So get your etnies out and get swappin!

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