I have shoes!

How can I leave a GOOD footprint too?

  • Go through your closets and garage and collect the gently-used shoes you no longer wear
  • If you have at least 20 pair and a box, email us at SaveTheEarthProjects@gmail.com and we will have our partners send you a free shipping label to ship your shoes
  • If you have 200 or more pair, we can send you collection boxes (they hold ~40 pair each and come pre-labeled for shipping)
  • If you have a favorite charity and would like to help them earn $.50 per pound of shoes collected, let us know! We will help you set up a S.T.E.P. Leave a GOOD Footprint drive.
  • Share your photos and stories of why YOU chose to leave a GOOD footprint with Olivia on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savetheearthprojects

What is S.T.E.P. and why Leave a GOOD Footprint?
Determined Young Girl on a Mission to Improve the Quality of Life on Earth
Olivia Russo-Hood and her family were displaced by epic floods in Georgia in 09. They lost their home, neighborhood, school and belongings. So what to do? Start a movement for change of course! S.T.E.P. stands for Save the Earth Projects and was developed by Olivia (when she was 10) with the idea to grossly reduce the negative impact our everyday choices cause and to make the world a better place for all.

“I researched several organizations and decided to partner with ShoeBox Recycling to do something locally to make a great change globally.

Collecting and distributing gently used shoes a great way to leave a positive footprint,” said Olivia Russo-Hood, founder of S.T.E.P.


When I learned more about hundreds of millions of shoes getting landfilled each year while that same amount of people around the world didn’t have shoes and kids were dying, I just HAD to do something! The idea of MY shoes helping a child go to school and prevent illnesses or even die make this project so much more special and exciting,” continued Olivia. "We need YOUR shoes. Can you help?"


Since inception, Olivia has collected over 22,000 pair of shoes in the USA and UK that has raised thousands of dollars for local charities, reduced impact in landfills, and donated shoes to those in the most need globally.

Her current shoe collection partner in Shoe Box Recycling, who process and ship the shoes and donate the funds to the charities.

Olivia is a catalyst for many organizations with this project including but not limited to: YMCA, Timbercrest Elementary School, Galaxy Middle School, Bay Street Players Young People's Theater, Junior League of Boca Raton, Operation Hope, Own Your Dreams with Ona Brown, SuccessFactors, SAP, Next Level Fitness, Deltona Youth Soccer,  Gateway Center for the Arts, and more. Her S.T.E.P. kids have raised funds for charities for their bat mitzvahs, for social projects for girl and boy scouts, and for their local churches and other civic organizations.


Leave a GOOD Footprint(TM) 

  • Each yr 300+ mil shoes are landfilled
  • It takes 200+ yrs before a sneaker even breaks down in a landfill
  • Used shoes are in great demand in developing countries
  • Recycled shoes create jobs and fuel local economies both here and abroad
  • The Council for Textile Recycling set a goal of zero waste by 2037

REUSE, Reduce, Recycle


Featured Project:

Save the Earth Projects (S.T.E.P.)

Together we can make a BIG difference. One S.T.E.P. at at time!