Back in 2016, adidas announced that they were using recycled plastic collected from the ocean to make running shoes. After a successful 2017, adidas announced that it has sold more than 1 million pairs of running shoes that are made with 95% recycled plastic from the ocean and 5% recycled polyester. Each pair used about an average of 11 plastic bottles. That means they reused 11 million plastic bottles that would have otherwise been still floating in our oceans. Amazing!
Adidas partnered with Parley, which is based in the Maldives and India’s coast, and were responsible for sourcing the marine waste.
The design prototype was originally introduced at a United Nations General Assembly in 2015, and in 2016 the company 50 pairs of the prototype. Adidas has also used ocean waste in the manufacturing of football kits, for teams such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.