As a part of Adidas’ ongoing efforts to replace virgin plastics in all its products, they have created the Futurecraft Biofabric shoe prototype whose upper can be dissolved in a sink with a special enzyme and water. At the moment the soles are still made through older processes which aren’t biodegradable but it’s a step closer to the idea of closed-loop products, in which you can recycled most of the shoes at your own home.
This amazing material is called Biosteel, modeled on silk, it is created through a fermentation process using bacteria and renewable resources. Using this fabric in the future and further innovative materials development Adidas will soon reach its goal of eliminating the use of fossil fuels in its materials and ensuring that it does not contribute to the plastic and micro-plastic pollution threatening the oceans.
Adidas teamed up with Parley earlier this year to create a sneaker that is partially made of recycled ocean plastic and soccer jersey kits made from the same material and using water-based prints.
Adidas’ commitment to combating pollution and becoming 100% sustainable through renewable materials combined with its eye for design and innovation, perhaps signals a turning point in the sneaker war. Does Nike have what it takes to compete when the more environmentally conscious youth comes to purchase decision age? Time will tell.
Check out the Adidas x Parley collaboration