RUNNING SHOES FROM OCEAN PLASTICS
RUNNING SHOES & SOCCER JERSEYS THAT SAVE THE OCEANS
In a future posting we will learn about wool athletic shoes that are helping wearers lessen their impact on the earth’s environment. Today’s news is about Adidas releasing a running shoe that lessens humans’ impact on the oceans. According to a Competitor.com article about the coming release of this product, UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley running shoes are the “first mass-produced footwear created using recycled plastic recovered from the ocean”. The upper is made from Primeknit, a mix of Ocean Plastic™ (95%) and recycled polyester (5%). Ocean Plastic™ is a “material created from plastic waste retrieved by Parley coastal interception and clean-up operations in the Maldives”.
The shoes won’t be inexpensive ($200) but they may become a very desired item, as only 7,000 are reported to have produced, according to Competitor.com. The footwear may be especially treasured by runners who in turn treasure the earth’s oceans. Shoe design elements are meant to attract this group; they were inspired by ocean waves. Reviews in the Adidas website are too few to draw firm conclusions about performance.
UltraBoost Uncaged Parley shoes ($200) will be available for purchase at Adidas.com and select Adidas retail shops. This might make a pricey but unique and rewarding gift for someone special in your life, if you can manage to acquire a pair.
If you are not aware, Parley for the Oceans “is the space where creator, thinkers, and leaders come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction”. It was founded in 2012 by Cyrill Gutsch, “an award winning designer, brand and product developer,” who decided at the time to “focus on a new client: The Oceans”. There’s more information on this innovative collaboration in the organization’s website, which includes a warning that leading environmentalists predict an end to “most sea life within the next 6–16 years.”
Not mentioned in the Competitor.com article is the coming release of Adidas Parley football (soccer) jerseys ($90) for Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich in December. The Real jersey is white (“for los Blancos”) and the Bayern shirt is red. This product is also made with yarn created from reclaimed and recycled ocean plastic waste, in collaboration with Parley.
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