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Everyone knows that sneakers are for playing sports. But lesser known is that the materials composing them can be recycled into sport surfacing. Nike Grind, the company’s decades-old program contributing to its zero-waste goal, takes the rubber, foam, leather, textile, and plastic originating from manufacturing scrap, unsellable products, and worn-out athletic shoes and repurposes them—totaling 120 million pounds to date—into running tracks, turf fields, and basketball courts. That’s what happened at Blok 70, a formerly underused, decade-old park in Belgrade, Serbia, that’s been eye-catchingly and sustainably revamped by creative agency Accept & Proceed using sneakers upcycled by Nike, one of many projects the London-based certified B Corp has completed for the brand worldwide. A&P’s scope encompassed the graphic design, colorways, and refurbishment of Blok 70’s basketball court and its 13-foot-high chain-link fence, the fitness area, playground, and bleachers, and also extends to sneaker collection bins in the city’s squares and inside Nike stores. “We’re immensely proud,” A&P creative director Matthew Jones says, “to have a role in sowing the seeds for an active future and better tomorrow.”
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