Sportswear giant Nike has announced the launch of its ‘lowest carbon footprint’ sneakers, made from ‘scrap materials’.
The Space Hippie Collection, which is made up of four different styles, features uppers made from recycled bottles, T-shirts, and yarn scraps.
For cushioning, the sneakers use factory scraps and reprocessed foam that produces around half the CO2 emissions compared to typical Nike foams.
‘The villain of trash’
Chief Design Officer at Nike John Hoke, said: “Space Hippie is an idea. It is about figuring out how to make the most with the least material, the least energy, and the least carbon.
“I’d say Space Hippie attacks the villain of trash. It’s changed the way we look at materials, it’s changed the way that we look at the aesthetics of our product. It’s changed how we approach putting product together.”
‘The entire process’
Seana Hannah, Vice President NXT Sustainable Innovation at Nike added: “We believe the future for products will be circular.
“We must think about the entire process: how we design it, how we make it, how we use it, how we reuse it and how we cut out waste at every step. These are the fundamentals of a circular mindset that inform best practices.”
The Space Hippie collection will debut in Spring for Nike members in SNKRS and SNEAKERS, as well as at Nike House of Innovation flagship locations and select retailers