STUDENTS are looking out for the planet by recycling their football boots and trainers in an environmentally friendly initiative.

Every time a pair of football boots or trainers is made, around 13kg of carbon is generated which has a negative impact on the environment.

Clacton County High School students are donating their shoes for a project called Football Rebooted sponsored by Utilita Energy.

It aims to rehome one million pairs of football boots and astro turf trainers, saving families a fortune as well as 136,000 tonnes of carbon.

This figure is equivalent to taking 7,000 cars off the road for a year or turning the energy off in one million medium sized homes for a week.

Boots and trainers donated by the school will be redistributed to grassroots clubs across the UK.

The project is supported by famous names including ex-England international David James MBE who co-created the initiative.

Other schools can request a free collection box for students to donate their unwanted football boots and astro turf trainers.

To find out more about the initiative and to get involved, click here.