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The story begins in 2009 which meet my family in an idea.
I was taking out the trash where I -- -- -- my kids beaten sneakers and my wife's old shoes sitting in the trash next the recycling -- I thought would be nice if we could recycle -- old sneakers instead of sending them to a landfill.
-- one -- the change the way we think about sneakers and agreement.
I wanted to make a sneaker that was a 100% -- I began researching samplings mixing materials and testing results.
Finally I did it.
I -- the first and only completely landfill free sneakers.
Remixed with -- special when the materials and construction -- the only holy recycle issue known in the market.
Each component of my sneakers and other wearing cycle can be put back into the recycling process.
All parts of re -- are made from lab tested -- -- percent recyclable materials.
-- -- sneakers that not only represent design and fashion but also awareness and sustainability.
Remakes are sneakers with a perfect.
Life is about passion family -- and making a difference and help our planet.
-- eco Smart decisions by sustainable products.
Eliminate waste and encourage others -- -- cool sneakers -- 100% recyclable.
Okay we're turning our small business spotlight on the -- saw a couple seconds ago Gary gagged in his company -- -- sneakers.
Joining us from Charlotte, North Carolina hi -- Hi thanks for having me thanks for coming not so that's such a great story basically 300 plus million.
Thrown out every year here in the US say you say let's recycle all of them and you are the first and only landfill free -- -- That's what I like to say what I want people remember it is that different than other brands.
-- -- is not only about designing fashion but also awareness and sustainability.
It took you four years by my account before you had the idea.
This -- sneak very open your trash can you -- your -- throwing out she she said this isn't right.
To you for years actually have that recycle sneaker -- hand is that correct.
Right lot lot of are indeed trial and error I had a chemists.
Had some lab research to get to get -- mix of the construction to put on a -- -- to be able to put a recycling symbol prominently displayed was a lot of research and design but I said here today where I am not a market.
You can purchase online at -- kicks dot com.
I thought you know I thought -- sold out completely at 12100 pairs between January and now.
Well my first production that delivered in January to now is sold out I'm taking pre orders for the new fall collection -- website if you click it.
You can pre order where I did a crowd finding project which is great for small and small business.
Just starting to grow -- race.
On kick starter had 44000.
Got -- 12100 pairs I have over if you know a thousand pairs in circulation now.
With great praise and again I'm introducing the fall collection for 2014 delivery.
That I'm doing it again another crowd finding where I'm going to a bigger step then I'm asking for 54000 dollars that I I need a lot of support and reach.
How much how much -- sell give or take each -- for.
-- or Paris thinkers will retail for 65 dollars and that's what you can get online in the web -- and when you pre ordered include shifting.
If I if I can get enough people to buy in now but Google will be the first to help what I call the grassroots initiative about honesty I mean about honest and true recycle ability.
That it's the grassroots that again about awareness sustainability.
I never what do went into the sneaker business if I wasn't going to be able to deliver something unique.
Is it fair to say you're making about fifteen dollars on each -- ticker today south.
Well if you wanna count overhead and cost than molds and and embrace it and research.
I am not in in -- in the green by any means at all in the green recycling.
But I am not agree on money and we like that still like any start up and you're probably where you should be at this point in time if you want more contributions how -- -- Folks out there contribute to your goal of 54000 dollars.
Thank you for that deleted and and some taking pre orders for 2014 delivery he'll be the first -- to receive these collections -- introducing -- new high top.
And I have a -- on convertible style.
You go to the web site -- kicks dot com and our EKI acts acts.
You'll you'll find a link that goes to R&R -- crowd funding website and you -- place to pre orders for January delivery.
Okay and 22 -- and so we have Johnny stage of chatter.
Is writing and he wants to know how long it I mean -- to -- seekers last the same as any other sneaker was.
I have had.
Pairs that at that I've been wearing for two or three years I -- They're durable there wearable and at the end of the life cycle is only sneaker that can be guaranteed not to go into the trash can.
So with with the thousand pairs that are out there FaceBook.
And tweets you'll see a lot of positive response.
Thanks Gary great for the environment -- we appreciate your accompanying your efforts today thank you and thank you everybody for joining us.
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