Adidas introduces a 100% recyclable performance running shoe that is “made to be remade”
Sportswear giant Adidas is known for its efforts to minimize the world’s plastic waste problem. After nearly a decade of research, the company has come up with a shoe that uses no glue and is made up of just one type of material.
It should be noted that sports shoes typically include complex material mixes and component gluing which result in a shoe that can only be downcycled. However, each component of Adidas’s new Futurecraft.Loop shoes is made from 100% reusable TPU – it’s spun to yarn, knitted, molded and clean-fused.
Once the shoes come to the end of their first life and are returned to Adidas – they are washed, ground to pellets and melted into material for components for a new pair of shoes, with zero waste and nothing thrown away.