By Molly Cline
Many companies are making the change towards more environmentally friendly products, and Adidas is one of them. Adidas is collaborating with Parley for the Oceans to make new shoes. Switching to the eco-friendly trend and maximizing the technological advances of the decade, Adidas has released a new sneaker design: one made from recycled materials from the ocean.
The sneaker, “UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley,” has been in the making for over a year, and the release was in November. Adidas made the sneaker from 3D-printed recycled ocean waste. Each pair is $220.
The shoe consists of many different parts made from various materials. The part of the shoe that goes over the foot is made from five percent recycled polyester and 95 percent waste plastic from the ocean. Each shoe contains 11 plastic bottles!
Although the shoes were released in limited quantities (7,000 in the month of November), Adidas said it plans to make more. Throughout 2017, one million additional shoes will be manufactured and sold to the public. Adidas has acknowledged that one person alone cannot save the environment, but everyone can do their part by purchasing products that use recycled material.
According to Adidas, their ultimate goal is to eliminate all virgin plastic from their production lines. Look out for the shoes in 2017 and help contribute to a more environmentally friendly earth.