Earth Day Vegetables Take Over Boulder Shoe Store

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Pedestrian Shops, Growing Gardens and Patagonia Footwear are collaborating on a project to help people learn about gardening and to provide spaces for growing food.

We are delighted to support Growing Gardens in its efforts to enrich lives with sustainable urban agriculture

In celebration of Earth Day, the windows of Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops have been taken over by a colorful display of flowers and vegetables to build awareness for a local nonprofit, Growing Gardens.

The window display is accompanied by a wheelbarrow planter full of seasonal vegetables, growing outdoors on the Pearl Street Mall. The window display and planter were designed with help from Growing Gardens' Youth Leaders, who are learning about organic gardening and environmental stewardship through the organization’s Cultiva Youth Project.

Pedestrian Shops, a locally owned downtown Boulder business specializing in comfort walking footwear for more than 43 years, is celebrating its Earth Day Shoe Drive in collaboration with Boulder-based Growing Gardens and Patagonia Footwear.

During the shoe drive, from April 19 to May 3:

  •      Customers may bring used shoes to the Pedestrian Shops and Pedestrian will give $10 to Growing Gardens for every Patagonia purchase a shoe donor makes, supporting cultivation of community through sustainable urban agriculture.
  •      As part of their Patagonia Advocate Weeks initiative, Patagonia Footwear will give $10 and Clear Creek Reps, the local Patagonia Footwear sales representatives, another $10 to Growing Gardens for every pair of Patagonia shoes purchased at the Pedestrian Shops from April 19 to May 3.

So donating a pair of used shoes and purchasing Patagonia shoes will result in $30 for Growing Gardens. Patagonia purchases without a used shoe donation earn $20 for Growing Gardens.

If shoe donors buy other merchandise, Pedestrian will donate 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $10, to Growing Gardens.

During more than two decades Pedestrian’s two annual shoe drives, commemorating Earth Day in the spring and Thanksgiving in the fall, have collected more than 40,000 pairs of shoes to help those in need and make a commitment to resource conservation.

Donated shoes help two locally based nonprofits:

  •     Running and athletic shoes in good condition will go to less developed countries through One World Running, founded in 1986 by local runner and writer Mike Sandrock, and those in poorer condition are turned into turf for playgrounds.
  •     Business and casual shoes will go to the Deacon’s Closet at First Presbyterian Church, for people transitioning into the workforce and in need of assistance.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Richard Polk, president of Pedestrian Shops. “We are delighted to support Growing Gardens in its efforts to enrich lives with sustainable urban agriculture.”

This is the second year that Pedestrian Shops and Patagonia Footwear have partnered to support a local Boulder nonprofit. They joined with the Center for Resource Conservation to celebrate Earth Day 2012. The project included an art installation created by Casey Middle School students utilizing old doors, shoes, and information about resource conservation. The collaboration was recognized by Patagonia Footwear as the winner of its Best Program Implementation for spring 2012, earning the Center for Resource Conservation an additional $500 award.

Longtime “green” retailer Pedestrian Shops celebrates Earth Day every day, using a 10 kw solar array since 2008 to generate nearly half the energy needs of its headquarters store at 1425 Pearl St. Pedestrian also maintains a “closed door policy,’’ keeping its carbon footprint to a minimum by closing the doors when air-conditioning or heat is on, and follows other practices that Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The 43-year-old locally owned family business operates two stores in Boulder, Colo., as well as the 16-year-old website, currently being updated.

  •      Pedestrian’s Headquarters Shop: at 1425 Pearl St., on Boulder’s Downtown Mall.
  •      The Village Shop: Facing Folsom Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard.

Growing Gardens empowers individuals and groups to experience a direct and deep connection with plants, the land and each other. Educational, hands-on sustainable urban agriculture programs are designed for young children, multi-cultural at-risk youth, seniors, special-needs adults, low-income families and community gardeners. Growing Gardens serves approximately 10,500 individuals annually.

For information about Pedestrian Shops, please contact Richard Polk at 303.641.8639 or Richard(at)pedestrianshops(dot)com.

For more information about Growing Gardens, please contact Annie Sweeney at 303.443.9952, ext. 2 or e-mail annie(at)growinggardens(dot)org.

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