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ECO-RESPONSIBLE SNEAKERS FOR WOMEN & MEN

In the year 2022, many brands have become aware of their ecological impact and are deciding to make more responsible collections. This is progress to which Limited Resell does not remain indifferent by expanding its product catalog with the eco-responsible category. What could be better ? Ah yes, brands are deploying a multitude of particularly ingenious and daring ideas without compromising on aesthetics. And that’s good news for us, and for the planet!

Sneakers that respect the environment

For several years, brands have been seeking and applying more responsible alternatives in view of environmental issues. Planet-friendly trainers are now an offering that is as rich as it is unexpected. Today, the production of ethical sneakers is based on strong commitments such as reducing social, economic and environmental impacts. Goodbye to fossil fuels and harmful dyes and say hello to organic , vegetable (apple, mushroom, cactus leather) or recycled materials. For the moment, “Organic” trainers are only half organic. However, these brands are pushing their research towards ever more environmentally friendly alternatives. Where most brands choose to source textiles grown with GMOs, these brands prefer 100% natural cotton .

Same for rubber , which is no longer synthetic and petroleum-based. The one used in the manufacture of ecological sneakers finds its origin in the rubber tree harvested in the Amazon forest. Another alternative to GMO textiles, hemp. Treated in a very precise way, this material allows sneakers to be effectively waterproofed . A few others have invested in the manufacture of sneakers made entirely from recycled products. The base material can only be 100% recycled plastic or recycled textiles (such as cotton). The plastic bottles that cover the seas are finding a new use, a second life. These eco-responsible trainers manufacturers work for better use of our planet's resources. Also, they help to meet increasingly strong customer demand.

The race for innovation among trainers brands

Sports equipment manufacturers, even those recently implicated in the Uighur forced labor scandal in China, are trying to change their production habits. Nike has posted an interactive map on its website which references all its suppliers since 2005 . To offer increasingly eco-responsible sneakers, in September 2019, the brand is increasing its innovations with the launch of Move to Zero : zero carbon emissions and zero waste. By 2025, the company intends to equip all its sites with renewable energy and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. Additionally, promote the Reuse-a-shoe and Nike Grind programs with the goal of bringing old products back to life as new creations. In February 2020, the brand produced an astonishing sneaker called Space Hippie made from the textile waste that covers the floors of its factories but also the residue from the soles of its Vapormax 4% shoes. Same principle for the VaporMax Air Flyknit and its Flyknit mesh made from recycled plastic bottles.

Jordan and Converse , two brands owned by Nike , are also part of the Move to Zero approach. At Jordan , this embrace takes shape under the Crater line, which features recycled polyester and nylon as well as a sole from the Nike Grind program. As for Converse , the same code name and same editorial line with a reinvented version of its iconic model, the Chuck Taylor All-Star .

At Adidas , since 2015, sneakers have been produced from ocean waste in association with the organization that protects the seabed, Parley for the Ocean . More recently, the German brand developed an eco-friendly sneaker called Futurecraft Loop , fully recyclable, available for sale in 2021. To design this innovation, Adidas chose to avoid polluting materials, in particular by renouncing glue and opting for thermoplastic polyurethane, a plastic considered durable.

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