Environment

Adidas Plans to Sell Millions of Shoes Made From Recycled Plastic

Company says each pair contributes to reducing plastic waste in oceans.


An Adidas line of sneakers made from recycled plastic is so popular, the company plans to sell 11 million pairs in 2019.

According to Good News Network , the company produced 5 million pairs of the sneakers last year. The shoes are made from a yarn, which is developed from recycled beach plastic. Adidas says it has been working with environmental group Parley for the Oceans since 2015 to produce the sneakers.

According to Forbes, each pair of sneakers contains 11 plastic bottles worth of recycled waste .

"We want to create a global movement to help save the oceans from the threat of plastic waste," Adidas Executive Board Member Eric Liedtke told Forbes. "At the heart of our brand is the belief that through sport, we have the power to change lives."

In addition to the shoes, which you can check out by click here, Adidas also developed football jerseys made from recycled materials. The University of Miami football team wore the jerseys for a game against Louisiana State last season .

Liedtke said the shoes and jerseys are just one step Adidas is taking to help the environment and combat climate change. Adidas stopped using plastic bags in its stores in 2016, has committed to using entirely recycled polyester and other materials in its products by 2024.

Last year, Adidas signed the United Nations Climate Protection Charter for the Fashion Industry, agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the year 2030 .

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