Green Festival attendees are invited to recycle their ‘gently worn’ shoes in an effort to help distribute 11 million shoes in 2011 to people in need
San Francisco, CA – March 10, 2011 – Green Festival Exhibitor Pocket Disc will be hosting a charity shoe drive for nonprofit Soles4Souls throughout the San Francisco Green Festival, April 9th and 10th at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center.
Pocket Disc asks that attendees, speakers, and other exhibitors bring ‘gently worn’ shoes to their booth #837 in the Green Kids’ area to donate to the shoe drive. The first 1000 people who bring a pair of shoes to donate along with $1 to pay for their shipping, will get a Pocket Disc for half price.
As 250,000 individuals have discovered over the past number of years, Pocket Discs are hand-woven indoor/outdoor discs. These beautiful works of hand-made, fair-trade art fly all over family rooms, festivals, classrooms, tailgates and just about everywhere else one could imagine. Fully collapsible upon contact, they are very easy and safe to catch.
Commonly, these vibrant, fun pieces encourage even the least experienced Frisbee player to give the game a try. Their soft nature also makes them perfect for indoor play when kids are pent up on a rainy day and equally great for picnics, festivals and other places where an errant throw might result in injury.
The Pocket Discs come “pre-loaded” on the website PocketDisc.com with 20+ games and 54+ clever uses. One of the best things about a Pocket Disc is all the new games and uses it inspires. Pocket Disc encourages customers and fans to add their newly discovered games to the list.
Pocket Disc will be exhibiting in Booth #837 in the Green Kids’ Section at San Francisco Green Festival. A project of Green America and Global Exchange, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 27 years, Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses. Festivities include presentations by more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and visionaries, informative how-to workshops, cutting-edge films, enriching kid’s activities, organic beer and wine, delicious organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine, diverse live music and an amazing marketplace of more than 350 green local and national businesses and organizations.
Soles4Souls Inc. has committed to collect and distribute 11 million shoes in 2011 to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters through its “11 IN 11″ campaign. The shoe charity gives away one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 12 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like Pocket Disc and Green Festival.
“With the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Chile, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world one pair at a time,” said Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Wayne Elsey.
For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Kirk, Soles4Souls, 615-391-5723, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Groft, PocketDisc.com 301-512-6424, Patrick@PocketDisc.com
As a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, Pocket Disc.com now employs over 350 Mayan Indians in Guatemala. Additionally, Pocket Disc teamed up with MayanFamilies.org to fund a project to install water filtration systems into 20 villages. Good for 2 years, these systems eradicate Girardia and other water bourn illnesses. Pocket Disc is pioneering low impact merchandising by minimizing packaging material, using nearly no paper in the office, and encouraging “e-delivery” of its invoices, catalogs, price sheets and other material that traditionally would be printed. Additionally, PocketDisc.com sponsor the first ever Pocket Disc ENO River Cleanup day in Hillsborough, NC last summer where teams scoured 2 miles of the river. Pocket Disc is thrilled to team up with Soles4Souls to help get shoes to the many needy people of the world.
About Green Festival
A project of Green America and Global Exchange, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 27 years, Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses. Green Festival’s interactive marketplace and learning environment provides solutions to help make healthier lives – socially, economically and environmentally.
About Soles4Souls® & Clothes4Souls®
Soles4Souls collects, recycles and reuses shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and closets from individuals. We distribute usable shoes to people in need around the world (we recycle less than 2% of donated footwear). Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 7 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States.Clothes4Souls, a new division of Soles4Souls, provides hope for hurting people through the gift of new clothing from manufacturers, designers, and retailers. Those who graciously give (rather than destroy) unused inventory are assured their donations are distributed to people around the world living in desperate need.Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org http://www.giveshoes.org or www.clothes4souls.orghttp://www.clothes4souls.org for more information.