Wayne Elsey’s destiny in recycling started in December 2004. Meaning, Wayne watched, with millions of others, the news following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Markedly, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives. And what’s more, millions of other people had everything they owned washed away. As a result of watching news footage of a single shoe washing ashore, an image haunted Wayne. At the time, he was leading an international shoe manufacturing company. But, that natural disaster was the start of a big change in his life. And, it lead to a new business model in repurposing and recycling.
In time, Wayne ended his career in the shoe industry and founded Soles4Souls. That social enterprise, still in operation, provides shoes to millions in poverty. And, it also helps micro-entrepreneurs in small businesses.
After leaving Soles4Souls, he created the Funds2Orgs Group. Today, it’s the leading shoe drive fundraising company in North America. But, being restless and curious, Wayne realized there was more to do. He wanted to help the planet and micro-entrepreneurs in other ways. Meaning, small business owners wanted other things to sell besides shoes. So, Wayne and his team founded Head2Toe Recycling.
Wayne created Head2Toe Recycling to change the recycling industry. And, we use the knowledge and network that has been part of our winning formula. Head2Toe Recycling asks everyone, from retailers, corporations, and individuals to tidy up. We’re asking people and communities to get beyond the bins. Help us close the loop and allow others to reuse the stuff you no longer need. We’ll take your clothing, shoes, accessories, and cell phones and recycle them for the planet and people.