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Teva Partners With TerraCycle to Create ‘Forever’ Shoe Recycling Program

Wonder where all the footwear materials, plastics, and worn-down soles go after you toss your shoes? They’re usually not recycled. But Teva wants to change that.

In 2020, Teva transitioned every one of its sandal straps to 100% traceable REPREVE recycled plastic yarn. Building on that vision of keeping its sandals sustainable, Teva has announced its TevaForever Recycling Program, a partnership with international recycling guru TerraCycle.

“Teva’s long-term vision is to work towards solutions to one day fully close the loop by recycling old Teva sandals into new ones,” Teva wrote. The program is dedicated to giving Teva sandals a second life — as something other than sandals.

Customers will be able to mail in their retired sandals to TerraCycle (at no cost). TerraCycle will then clean them, break them down, and process the recycled materials for many new purposes (like playground surfaces, athletic fields, and track grounds).

How to Recycle Teva Sandals in 3 Steps

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  1. Visit Teva.com to request a prepaid shipping label. 
  2. Ship in your Teva sandals or flip-flops. 
  3. That’s it. TerraCycle and Teva will take care of the rest. 

One note: Teva doesn’t yet accept shoe or boot models for recycling but hopes to do so in the future. 

“Teva sandal owners can now take comfort in knowing that when their favorite pair of sandals finally wears out, they won’t experience any of the guilt that comes with throwing them away,” TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky said.

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