10,000 Crocs Make Their Way to Ecuador, Go For Children's Feet


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Thousands of Crocs have found the feet of poor children in Ecuador. For many Ecuadorian youngsters, these are the first Crocs they’ve ever seen. This isn't the first time that Crocs have gone for children's feet. Last year, 10,000 Asian-born Crocs made their way across the globe and went for the soles of poor Haitian kids. In 2006, 400,000 Crocs were thought to have crisscrossed the map, finding their way to the feet of the less fortunate. The Nature of the Ecuadorian-Bound Crocs
If you haven’t guessed by now or weren’t turned away by the lame pun, the Ecuadorian-bound Crocs are shoes, not reptiles. Crocs, the Colorado-based company, has teamed up with the Brother’s Brother Foundation and Children International to donate shoes to underprivileged children in Ecuador. The Crocs will protect the feet of these once-shoeless children, some of whom have never owned new shoes. Crocs has been donating their brightly colored shoes around the globe.

From Children International

Luke Hingson, President of Brother's Brother Foundation, said, "We are delighted to make the second donation of Crocs to Children International. Part of our common belief is that children should be protected in the simplest ways and one way is to protect their feet from disease and the cold."

Recycling Through the Soles United Program
Controversial, petroleum-based Crocs are made of croslite, a proprietary closed-cell resin. The shoes are billed as bacteriostatic, antimicrobial, ergonomic, odor resistant, lightweight and recyclable. They are, however, only recyclable through the Soles United Program. This program urges consumers to return their old Crocs to participating retailers. If there are none nearby, the consumer may send the well-worn Crocs by mail. The used footwear is recycled and turned into new shoes. These Crocs-for-the-poor are made out of 20% recycled material are sent to the shoeless in various parts of the globe.

More Crocs Going To Haiti
According to the Soles United website, the next shipment of Crocs to the shoe-deprived will be through Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti foundation. Thousands of Crocs will be soon be headed back to the island nation of Haiti and onto the feet of its poorest residents.

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