In honor of Earth Day today, FN offers a few eco-conscious options for what to do with your favorite sandals after you’ve worn them to bits.
On the off-chance that your go-to summer flip-flop has broken down, check the brand’s website to see if it will accept items for repair. Rainbow Sandals will fix its products at its San Clemente, Calif., factory for customers who just can’t part with their leather thongs. It also donates many repaired styles to local nonprofits and families in need.
Maybe you’ve never heard of it, but a company called PlusFoam is making your feet more green. The firm produces a recyclable material that is replacing traditional foams, plastics and rubbers in shoe manufacturing, and it’s now used in flip-flops from more than a dozen popular brands, including New Balance, Roxy, Vans, O’Neill, Scott Hawaii, Vere and Manduka. To see if your sandals are recyclable, look for a PlusFoam logo on the bottom of the sole. If it’s there are, visit Plusfoam.com to request a return shipping label and possibly get a discount code for future purchases.