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Adidas Uses Plastic Ocean Waste to Create Shoe


If you’re looking for a fashionable way to live sustainably, then perhaps you should consider trainers made from ocean waste. Adidas showed them at Paris Climate Summit 2016.

In June, Adidas and the organisation Parley for the Oceans, began a partnership for sustainability. Parley for the Oceans is an nongovernmental organisation which raises awareness about the state of the oceans and forms collaborations to help protect them.

They state on their website: “We need to defend diversity on land and in the sea and we need solutions, and these solutions can only be realized by harnessing the imaginative side of human culture – the arts.”

Adidas is a founding member and so supports Parley for the Oceans in its Ocean Plastic Program that aims to end plastic pollution of the oceans.

Now, conveniently coinciding with the Paris Climate Summit (COP21), they have unveiled a prototype for a shoe which features a 3D printed midsole which uses recycled polyester as well as gill nets, while the upper part of the shoe is made with ocean plastic.


Unfortunately. there are no plans currently for the shoe to become commercial. Adidas are hoping that this challenging product will be brought to markets “in the future” and that they will even be able to produce these trainers on a large scale.

As for another prototype which was unveiled in June at the United Nations (see below) – this is set to hit the market in April. This shoe has an upper made from yarns and filaments which have been reclaimed from ocean waste and illegal deep-sea gill nets.


These aren’t the only ways in which Adidas intends go green either; they have now said that they will phase out the use of plastic bags in their retail stores too.

To follow this story, you should check out the hashtags #OceansClimateLife and #COP21 or watch the video below!

If you are interested in another way to get rid of plastic trash in the ocean, please read this story on “The Plastic Bank“.