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BGSU collects, recycles sneakers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:31
Bowling Green State University is going for the record at this week's football game, but not in touchdowns or field goals. The university is trying to collect thousands of used sneakers to create the world's longest chain of shoes tied together.
Everyone is being encouraged to donate their unwanted, untied athletic shoes to Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan and drop them in bins, or to the Bowen-Thompson Student Union all week. A bin is located by the large stairway near the bookstore.
More than possibly earning BGSU a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, the athletic shoes collected will be recycled into basketball courts.
The university is partnering with Erek Hansen of Curtice, a 12-year-old environmental champion known as EcoErek ,who has been featured in National Geographic Kids and other national media. He received honorable mention from Action For Nature as part of its International Eco-Hero Award.
BGSU has collaborated with EcoErek previously to donate jeans and shoes from the university's "When You Move Out, Don't Throw It Out" annual collection, and again last summer for its financial literacy camp for middle-schoolers. The campers worked with EcoErek to develop their own strategy for collecting used blue jeans and tennis shoes. The denim is converted into insulation for Habitat for Humanity houses and the shoes are recycled into components of sidewalks, running tracks and playgrounds.

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