While working for a Wildlife documentary production house in Bangalore, a city of over 11 million people, Rupa Saumil stumbled upon urban lakes, parks, and many unexpected pockets of nature. She also met several local children on the streets who were barefoot because they couldn’t afford the footwear. For the most part, this limited them to the city’s streets and sidewalks. In order for the young voices of today and the future to be stewards of the natural world and make eco-friendly choices, there has to be a choice available for them to make. For many, the choices just don’t exist. These reflections inspired her to begin with the very basic outdoor essential and create our Footwear initiative.
Through the donation of shoes, boots, sneakers, cleats, and other essential footwear, our program is contributing to the health and safety of at-risk children. We are helping them to participate in sports and explore their worlds as well.
Charitable organizations in India and elsewhere are widening their reach by working with us. Together, we are making sure as many children as possible have the right shoes on their feet. And by partnering with us, members of the business community are taking part in one of the best CSR activities in India and beyond.
For the Environment
When they donate used footwear and overstock, partner organizations are helping to reduce the massive waste that occurs when shoes are sent to landfills. A bonus is those beneficiaries who feel empowered through outdoor activities and experiences are more likely to become citizens who actively want to protect and take care of the environment!
Footnote partnered with Greensole to donate 300 pairs of upcycled footwear to children in need in Malvani Village, Malad West, Mumbai. The footwear would help them walk long distances aiding in comfort, hygiene and preventing them from diseases caused by unprotected feet.
Shriyans Bhandari, Co-Founder of Greensole is an ardent marathoner, running hundreds of Kms each year and in the process, discarding several pairs of sports shoes which made their way to the landfills as waste. This realization, compounded with research that globally more than 350 million pairs of shoes are discarded while 1.2 billion people still do not have footwear, inspired his venture of recycling discarded shoes.
In 2015, Shriyans and Ramesh Dhami founded the company. Greensole Foundation identifies and provides recycled shoes to children in need. Their commercial arm retails upcycled footwear towards building a self-sustaining social venture.
Thank you for making this happen just in time for Covid Monsoon protection, Team Greensole, Ramesh & Shriyans – Marathoner, Entrepreneur, Author “Birds of Aravallis” in association with Rajasthan Tourism and Bombay Natural History Society.