Reducing waste and impact on environment through recycle and reuse of shoes
Reducing waste and impact on environment through recycle and reuse of shoes
Recently, there is an increase of shoe waste in Bhutan. Most of shoes thrown are not fully utilized or worn out, the shoes with mending possibilities are just thrown thus, increasing shoe waste and adding to already existent huge volume of other waste. Due to the lack of skills and resources, the slightly torn shoes are deemed a hindrance. Though, shoes may not be the largest contributor of waste at the landfill but shoes are made up of raw material like leather, synthetic rubbers, plastics, metals, nylons etc, which takes between 30 to 500 years to bio-degrade. Further, most of the dyes used in shoes are harmful to the environment.
The project “Reducing waste and impact on environment through recycle and reuse of shoes” supported Help Shoe Bhutan with an objective of reducing of waste by reducing shoe waste and eventually protecting natural environment.
With the support from the project, shoe clubs have been formed in 15 middle & higher secondary schools across the country especially in rural schools where there is boarding facility. 647 students, 30 teachers and club coordinators have been trained on art and skilling on recycling and mending the shoes. The establishment of clubs have decreased shoe waste. More than 15000 students and teachers across the 15 schools have been sensitized and advocated on environment issues, importance of protecting and preserving the environment and leading a balanced eco-friendly life.
At an impact level, if we quantify the benefits then in 10 years, these clubs will recycle 144000 pairs of shoe thereby resulting in recycling of 260 cubic meter of volume of waste. Therefore, the effect of shoe waste to environment will reduce gradually.
In addition, the establishment of shoe clubs through help of this project has also imparted dignity of labor to our youths at an early age. Moreover, the success of these clubs has encouraged other schools, monasteries and nunneries in remote dzongkhags to initiate such shoe clubs.

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Project Snapshot

Help Shoe Bhutan
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 23,350.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 22,900.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Replication of project activities
Observing the successful of help shoe project, demand from monasteries and nunneries to initiate shoe clubs have increased.
Project sustainability
The project is one of the successful and very helpful clubs thus, school management fully supports the club thus ensuring sustainability of such clubs. We have learned, the shoe clubs have already started earning incomes from recycling shoes which will help them to fund exhausted tools, equipment and raw materials for their clubs.
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Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
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