Back in early 2012, a group of friars began collecting old car tyres to be used to create new shoes for their monks to wear – the process will both amaze and shock you!
Spirit of poverty
Located in Morgon, France, the Capuchin monks of St. Francis Monastery have managed to successfully combine the spirit of poverty and ecological awareness by recycling one of the most polluting consumer items of the 21st century: car tyres.
Brother Ignatius, who handles the project, explains the process of making a shoe from scratch using recycled tyres which are donated to the Monastery by a local high school.
After drawing an outline of the shoe onto the car tyre, it is then carefully cut out using a jigsaw.
The heel of the shoe is also cut out and sanded down using a grinding wheel.
The parts are put together using glue.
A final layer is added to the upper part of the shoe.
All three parts of the sole are then fastened with nails and sanded down using the grinder.
Finally, two sandal straps (made from recycled leather belts) are added.
The recycled sandals are worn by the Capuchin monks of Morgon in both summer and winter – one brother is said to have covered over 10,000 km wearing this type of shoe!