The world’s biggest athletic brands are finally making shoes sustainable. Reebok has launched a new vegan sneaker. This is constructed of a cotton upper and a corn-based sole. The shoe is presented in 100 per cent recycled packaging. The Nike Plant Color range features the Air Max 95 and the Blazer Low and uses a plant-based dye. Meanwhile, the Nike VaporMax 2 Random uses excess Flyknit yard that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill to create this one-of-a-kind shoe. The Earth Day Pack line features products made with recycled leather scraps and sneakers that showcase anthropomorphic images of the Earth. Adidas maintains a strong partnership with Parley, a company that produces Parley Ocean Plastic, a range of materials made from upcycled marine plastic debris. Adidas and Parley rework these various marine plastic waste materials into technical fibers that create the material framework of a durable and breathable fabric used for running shoes and apparel.
Asics offers a sustainable spin to its high-performance, shock-absorbing footwear line. The ultra-lightweight shoes are made with the brand’s new Flyefoam Lyte Technology, which uses waste products from sugar cane and organic fibers from wood pulp, as well as with a 50 per cent recycled yarn and a water-based glue.