Adidas Sells 1 Million Pairs of Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic

Adidas Parley Shoes Made from Ocean Plastic

NMD_CS1 Parley Primeknit Shoes

Adidas continues to make strides in efforts to combat plastic pollution and is expanding its collaboration with environmental conservationists Parley for the Oceans. Adidas first debuted their collaboration in 2015, with a prototype made from ocean plastic harvested off the coast of West Africa. With an upper made of 95% ocean plastic, Adidas has continued to expand their line of Ultraboost, Ultraboost X, and Ultraboost Uncaged shoes.

During an initial run in 2016, there were 7,000 pairs made. With the effort being so successful, they manufactured—and sold—1 million pairs in 2017. In a collaboration that proves recycling doesn't have to be unfashionable, designer Stella McCartney even got involved, putting her touch on several pairs of women's Ultraboost shoes. The newest addition to the collection, the NMD_CS1 Parley Primeknit shoes, have a minimalist, lightweight slip-on design and are available for $220. Each shoe contains 11 plastic bottles' worth of recycled plastic, and also incorporates recycled PET.

Adidas' commitment to environmental health doesn't stop with their shoes. Several years ago they also eliminated plastic bags in all their stores, and believe that through example they can make their customers more mindful of environmental issues. “We not only see sustainability as an opportunity to get a competitive advantage,” CEO Kasper Rorsted told The Independent. “We see it as an obligation for us as a global company to do business in a responsible and sustainable way.”

Well on their way toward their final goal of eliminating virgin plastic from their supply chain, Adidas is leading the way for businesses to think about how they can integrate recycled plastics into products. Shop the full Adidas Parley line, which also includes shirts and joggers, via Adidas' website.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley Shoes by Stella McCartney

Ultraboost Parley Shoes by Stella McCartney

h/t: [treehugger]

All images via Adidas.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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