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A seachange in sustainable fashion

Published at: 28 August 2015


Creators, thinkers and leaders are coming together to raise awareness about the disastrous state of our oceans, and to collaborate on promising projects that can protect and conserve them. One such project is an exciting collaboration between Adidas, the United Nations and the Parley for the Oceans organisation, that has just created a world first with a shoe upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from ocean waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets.

The shoes were designed by British designer Alexander Taylor. Taylor constructed the Adidas x Parley shoes using the brand's existing footwear manufacturing process, but replaced the yarns with fibres made from waste plastic and fishing nets.

"This way there is no reason why materials with similar characteristics to those that we use every day with conventional production processes cannot be simply replaced by ocean plastic materials...It is really much more a case of working with specialist 'green' chemists and companies such as Bionic textile to build new materials by re-constituting and re-engineering the nets and plastics", says Taylor.

For now the shoe will remain a concept. Adidas did however say that it would be introducing ocean plastic into the manufacture of its shoes by 2016.

A brand spokeswoman for the company told The Huffington Post: “This is not a plan, this is an action. We did this to show what we are capable of doing when we all put our heads together.”


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