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Environment, Manufacturing, Shoes

Adidas x Parley Gillnet Sneaker Getting a Limited Edition Launch

Adidas Parley Gillnet Oncean Plastic Sneaker UN Contest Instagram Ultra Boost

Last July we reported on a new Adidas sneaker created with the help of Parley For The Oceans. The footwear featured an upper made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. The idea was to find a second life for the trash polluting the world’s oceans. Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of the shoe though was the distinctive green trim. The trim utilized strands from illegal deep-sea gillnets – well actually, more specifically, from 45 miles of netting which was seized by the nonprofit Sea Shepherd. We reported on the NYTimes’ incredible profile of Sea Shepherd’s 110 day chase last year (if you haven’t read it, please do!). Last summer Adidas stated that they wanted to turn the shoe into a real product eventually. It appears the footwear maker is a step closer to that, they have announced the launch of 50 pairs of the Adidas x Parley.  

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Adidas Creates First Sneaker Made From Ocean Garbage

Adidas Parley Prototype Sneaker U.N.

Back April Adidas announced it had teamed up with Parley For The Oceans to investigate creating sneakers from recycled trash. The goal was to demonstrate that ocean debris could be transformed into a valuable material for the fashion industry. The collaboration showed off their first prototype, the Adidas x Parley sneaker, earlier this month at the U.N. General Assembly. The entire upper of the shoe is created from items found in the ocean. The shoe is constructed from ocean plastics and illegal deep-sea gillnets. In fact, when gathering materials, Parley For The Oceans spent 110 days tracking an illegal fishing vessel off of the coast of West Africa and recovered nearly 45 miles of netting. As for ocean plastic, a 2006 U.N. study estimated that there are 46,000 pieces of floating plastic for every square mile of ocean.

While the current shoe is only a prototype, it demonstrates the value that can be realized from items currently damaging our oceans. If you have your heart set on owning a piece of recycled-based footwear, hang tight; Adidas has announced that, through its partnership with Parley, it is committed to releasing a line of consumer-ready products made from ocean plastics before the end of the year. Head past the break for video of the U.N. event.  

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