Frequently Asked Questions

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When did the Nike Grind program begin?

Nike Grind was established shortly after the creation of Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program in 1990. By 1993, efforts were well underway in processing old athletic shoes into Nike Grind materials and developing applications for these materials. Through research conducted by Nike engineers, sports surfacing was determined to be the ideal application for the recycled material. The program has seen tremendous growth since its inception, in both the amount of Nike Grind produced annually and in the number of surfacing partners currently incorporating the material into their products.


Where do I find information about Reuse-A-Shoe?

Reuse-A-Shoe is Nike’s innovative shoe recycling program dedicated to keeping used athletic shoes out of landfill. Nike Grind is made in part by shoe scrap from the Reuse-A-Shoe program. You can find more details about the Reuse-A-Shoe program here.

Shoes are only collected in the continental US. Contact your nearest Nike retail store to see if they accept shoe donations.

Can I start a Reuse-A-Shoe drive to get a Nike Grind surface?

Unfortunately, the only way to obtain a Nike Grind surface is to purchase one through our premier install licensees.


What is the Nike Grind material made from?

Nike Grind includes three types of raw materials made from recycled athletic shoes and manufacturing byproducts: rubber from the outsole, foam from the midsole and fabric from the upper. These materials are ground up and used by select companies in sport and playground surfaces, as well as in numerous Nike apparel, footwear and equipment products.

Nike Grind is made from recycled athletic shoes collected through Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, as well as from the recycling of unused materials in the manufacturing of Nike products. The Nike Grind used in artificial turf infill is made from recycled Nike manufacturing waste, which meets Nike’s Restricted Substances List (RSL) standards, which can be found on Nike’s website. Our RSL is based on stringent worldwide chemicals legislation for consumer products and on substances that Nike has voluntarily decided to restrict from our products. In addition, the Nike Grind material used in the production of turf infill is routinely tested against safety standards by an independent laboratory.

Please note that Nike’s recycling partners only provide the Nike Grind material to our turf partners. In the Americas, the infill product itself is produced and sold by AstroTurf. For more specific questions and information about AstroTurf’s infill made with Nike Grind, please contact Sydney Stahlbaum at AstroTurf (

Which parts of the shoe get recycled?

Nearly every part of the shoe gets recycled in the Nike Grind process. Through our processing facilities in Memphis, Tennessee, and Meerhout, Belgium; and across our largest waste management recycling centers in Asia, we grind the outsole into Nike Grind rubber, the midsole into Nike Grind foam and the fabric into Nike Grind upper.

How is Nike Grind used?

Select performance sports and playground surfacing companies utilize Nike Grind to manufacture sustainable athletic surfaces such as basketball courts, running tracks, athletic fields and playgrounds. Additionally, Nike utilizes the Nike Grind material in various products such as footwear and apparel.


What kind of surfaces can I get with Nike Grind?

Nike Grind, through its licensees, offers a variety of sports, training and playground surfaces designed to push performance to the limit. Check out our range of surface products.

Can I create a custom Nike Grind surface?

Nike Grind does not create any surfaces directly; however, you’re welcome to contact our licensees directly about creating something custom. Many of our licensees will create temporary or portable surfaces for special events or other needs.

Can I buy Nike Grind and put it into my own surface?

Nike Grind material is only incorporated into athletic surfacing systems, playgrounds and high-end carpet padding developed by our licensed premier surfacing partners. Learn more about our surfacing options, or contact us for information about becoming a licensee.

I represent a Nike school—do I get a discount on Nike Grind surfaces?

Yes! One of the many perks of being a Nike school is an exclusive discount on any Nike Grind surface. Contact your Nike representative to get started.

Does StepAhead conform to California’s Prop 65 safe harbor limits?

StepAhead’s carpet underlay product is safely below the Prop 65 safe harbor limits. For more information about Prop 65, please view The Home Depot’s FAQs.


Who are the current Nike Grind licensees?

Nike Grind partners with industry-leading companies around the world who develop exceptional surface products. You can learn more about these companies here.

How does Nike select its Nike Grind licensees?

Nike Grind’s licensees are all like-minded global brands with a commitment to athletic performance and sustainable practices. They are leaders in their field who share Nike’s drive to be on the forefront of what’s new and what’s next.

These are the qualities we look for in licensees. Other requirements around material construction, sustainability and ingredients may also come into play, but those are handled on a case-by-case basis depending on the surface type.

How can I become a Nike Grind licensee?

If you represent a sports or playground surfacing company and are interested in being considered for a Nike Grind partnership, contact us.

Would Nike consider using the recycled surfaces in other venues beside sports?

Yes. In addition to sports venues, Nike Grind materials are currently being used in Nike retail environments and temporary flooring for high-profile venues. And, as we work to optimize our recycling capacities and techniques, we will be looking to identify additional uses for Nike Grind.

If you’re interested in working with Nike Grind for a new product, contact us.


How much do Nike Grind surfaces cost?

The cost for Nike Grind surfaces are set by the licensee, and prices vary according to a wide range of factors including location, existing surface, surface type and materials.

For more specific cost information, simply request a quote. Nike Grind licensees typically respond to each request within 48 hours.

How can I request a quote for a Nike Grind surface product?

To get a quote for a Nike Grind surface, you’ll need to submit a quote request. You’ll need to include your budget, installation location and any other necessary details about your project. A Nike Grind licensee will typically respond to the quote request within 48 hours.


Do you offer grants or discounts for Nike Grind surfaces?

All Nike Grind surface products are manufactured and installed by licensees, not Nike, which means Nike Grind is unable to offer financial assistance, grants or surface donations at this time.

Will Nike or Nike Grind donate a surface to my organization, school or community?

Nike is very active in the communities we serve to provide access to sports across the globe. While we do not have a formal program for surface donations or requests, we encourage you to check out Nike’s community impact FAQs for helpful information about the company’s commitment to communities.

If I collect shoes, can I get a surface donated?

The Reuse-A-Shoe initiative collects shoes that go into a global pool of resources from which Nike Grind and other materials are made. Additionally, Nike Grind only handles the production of Nike Grind material; licensees handle the manufacture and installation of the product itself. This means Nike Grind is unable to handle surface donations of any kind.

Nike Grind Partners

These innovative companies currently work with Nike to develop materials with Nike Grind.

  • AstroTurf has worked to solve the biggest challenges of of turf fields, namely weather wear and tear. As the inventors and innovators of synthetic turf, AstroTurf continually evolves its turf systems that stand the test of time.

  • Connor Sports provides resilient hardwood athletic flooring produced in an ISO 14001 and Zero Waste Manufacturing facility for the comfort of athletes in projects ranging from Boys and Girls Clubs to the NBA.

  • Ecore believes a surface can raise the bar, break through barriers and stop at nothing to help an athlete achieve their goals. Ecore offers industry leading, innovative surface technology that optimizes an athlete's performance, taking them from ordinary to unstoppable.

  • Future Foam has been around for 50 years, using the latest methods and state-of-the-art equipment to create high-quality foam products. StepAhead, its premium carpet underlay, is the only carpet cushion using Nike Grind.

  • Mondo is the global leader in the sports flooring markets, manufacturing flooring surfaces for virtually every application. More than 1,100 Mondo tracks and millions of square feet of the company’s high-performance athletic surfaces are installed worldwide.

  • Playtop has been creating safer surfaces for children’s play areas for more than 30 years. Today, their impact-absorbing poured-in-place safety surfacing uses Nike Grind in playgrounds around the world.