Dow said it would recycle our shoes ... we found them for sale in Indonesia

Hidden trackers planted inside 11 pairs of donated shoes show how most got exported instead of recycled into playgrounds and running tracks

26 February 2023 - 19:24 By Joe Brock, Yuddy Cahya Budiman, Joseph Campbell and Xinghui Kok

At a rundown market on the Indonesian island of Batam, a small location tracker was beeping from the back of a crumbling second-hand shoe store...

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