Enertor tackle climate change one insole at a time - Women's Running

Enertor tackle climate change one insole at a time

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  December 8, 2020

Award-winning insole brand Enertor has launched the world’s first insole recycling programme, hoping to reduce 30 tonnes of shoe waste going to landfill each year

Wondering where our old insoles go may not have always been our most pressing kit question, but now we have a truly excellent reason to think about the future of our used footwear. Enertor, who make award-winning running insoles, have just launched the world’s first insole recycling programme to help protect the planet. 

With over 300 million pairs of shoes ending up in landfill each year in the UK alone, the issue of running recycling is an important one. Enertor have been awarded a grant from Innovate UK to research new ways to recycle insoles, as well as other parts of our trusty trainers. “We are incredibly excited to be awarded this grant to do our bit for the environment,” says Nick Beresford, CEO of Enertor.

The insole recycling scheme they have developed is a clever one; we send over insoles we no longer need or want, and they will repurpose them into useful items such as insulation for homes or soft mats for outdoor children’s playgrounds. This not only stops the insoles from heading to landfill, but also reduces the need to produce new manmade materials.

So, how do we get involved? “We encourage you to send all your old insoles to us, whether they’re running insoles or gel pads for your heels, in an envelope or bag of your choice – preferably a recycled one!” says Nick. “It doesn’t matter which brand of insoles or their condition – we will make sure that they’ll be put to good use.” 

To take part in this scheme, send your insoles to ENERTOR Recycling Department, 10-15 Pegasus, Orion Court, Addison Way, Great Blakenham, IP6 0LW. If you’d like to organise your own insole collection point or get your running club involved, send an email to [email protected] for more information.  

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Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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