product life cycle

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Step 1: Raise and Extract

Raw materials, such as rubber, plastics, leathers, and petrochemicals are accumulated and shipped to factories across the world. For example, petrochemicals are an already processed form of petroleum, which is imported from other countries, such as Canada.
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Step 2: Process

The raw materials are then processed into different parts that are then ready to be put together into shoes. The rubbers and leathers are processed into soles and the outer parts of the shoes, etc.
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Step 3: Manufacturing

The different parts are then manufactured by dyeing and stitching the parts together. This is mainly done by machines, rarely done by hand nowadays.
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Step 4: Use

The completed shoes are then shipped to stores all over the world. From the stores they are sold to consumers, who then use the shoes.
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Step 5: Dispose

Many people choose to donate their shoes to organizations, who then give the used shoes to people who need them, often in third world countries.
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Fun Fact

One of the creators of running shoes, Adolf Dassler, the founder of Adidas, also was a supporter of the Nazi party in Germany.
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