Nike has started a refurbishment programme that allows customers to return pre-worn sneakers which are then refurbished and cleaned to be resold at Nike stores at lower prices.

At launch, the programme is available in up to 15 NIKE stores in the United States. Plans are in place to scale up to more U.S.-based retail destinations throughout 2021 and beyond. This latest programme offered by Nike is yet another way of creating solutions at scale to reduce its waste footprint.

The programme extends the lifespan for three types of footwear:
*Like new (maybe worn for a day or two before being returned),
*Gently worn (a little longer)
*Cosmetically flawed (like a small snag that happened in manufacturing)

Here’s how it works:
– When a customer returns a pair of shoes within a 60-day return window, eligible footwear is added to the Nike Refurbished lineup. Each pair is inspected and refurbished by hand, and then given a condition grade.

– The team uses a number of different products and tools to return shoes to as close to new condition as possible. Once the shoes land back in a Nike store, the price is based on footwear type and condition grade. Handy messaging on the boxes make it easy to see what kind of shoes are inside, the condition grade, and more.

You can find participating stores here.

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