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Nike unveils trainers which include materials made from its textile waste

The Nike Sportswear Recycled Canvas pack releases August 20 on nike.com. ©Nike.

Sportswear giant Nike has released more sustainable versions of some of its most popular trainers featuring at least 20% recycled materials.

The Nike Sportswear Recycled Canvas pack includes new takes on shoes including the Nike Air Max, Nike Air Force 1 ’07 90, Nike Air Max 95, Nike Daybreak-Type and Nike Cortez.

They feature recycled canvas uppers, with yarn derived of post-industrial Nike textile waste, ‘Flyleather’ swooshes and backtabs made from at least 50% recycled leather, as well as recycled foam tongues and laces.

This new range is the latest installation to Nike’s (@Nike) ever-growing ‘move to zero’ journey toward zero carbon and zero waste to help protect the future of sport, highlighted most recently by Nike’s Air VaporMax 2020 FlyknitSpace Hippie and Revival lines, the Jordan Brand Crater collection and Converse Crater and Renew footwear.

According to Nike,its Nike Air VaporMax 2020 Flyknit is one of the company’s most sustainable shoes to date, made with at least 50% recycled content by weight. How the shoe achieved that designation can be credited to a creative implementation of circular design principles in its varied elements.

“We wanted to look at not only Nike’s waste stream but other industrial waste streams and how we could leverage that content,” said Nike product design lead Jesi Small. “We let that drive a lot of the decision-making.”


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