Adidas, Parley Create World’s First Sneakers Made From Ocean Trash

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“At Parley for the Oceans, we want to establish the oceans as a fundamental part of the debate around climate change,” Gutsch said. “Our objective is to boost public awareness and to inspire new collaborations that can contribute to protect and preserve the oceans. We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission and is putting its creative force behind this partnership to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool.”

Amassing the materials used in the sample wasn’t easy, however. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a Parley partner, retrieved the nets after spending 110 days tracking an illegal poaching vessel to the coast of West Africa. For their trouble, the crew recovered 72 kilometers of gillnettig, or nearly 45 miles worth.

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Future materials aren’t likely to be as dramatic, however. Liedtke said they’ll turn to easier-to-retrieve sources like fishing nets and beach-combed litter, at least until technology allows for the capture of microplastics and other, more-elusive components.

Still, Liedtke called the shoe a “big, bold step” in the fight to protect the planet’s oceans.

“We are incredibly excited to join Parley for the Oceans as they bring the cause of the oceans to the attention of the United Nations,” Liedtke said. “Adidas has long been a leader in sustainability, but this partnership allows us to tap into new areas and create innovative materials and products for our athletes. We invite everyone to join us on this journey to clean up the oceans.”

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6 Responses to “Adidas, Parley Create World’s First Sneakers Made From Ocean Trash”

  1. ivymc67 says:

    how much? and where can I purchase them?

  2. brooke vlasich says:

    Impressive work and design to help preserve the oceans. I’m glad to see more mainstream companies like Adidas, taking more initiative in sustainability. I hope they commit to it fully in the future.

  3. dalereynolds says:

    Great-looking shoes. I’d like to find a pair. How much?

  4. Jasmin Malik Chua says:

    It’s just a prototype at the moment.

  5. john woggman says:

    Where and how can I put more garbage in the ocean?

    It is important that a lot of people buy this shoe.

  6. b dorogy says:

    Did you wonder how the gillnet was transformed into the Adidas sneaker. The gillnet was processed into small filaments and powder at the Warnerbabcock Institute for Green Chemistry. We then melt extruded the filaments/powder using our R&D extruder into a continuous filament which was collected on a spool. The spooled filament was then sent for further processing into the Adidas sneaker.

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