ECO-RESPONSIBLE SNEAKERS FOR WOMEN & MEN
In the year 2022, many brands have become aware of their ecological impact and decided to make their collections more responsible. Limited Resell is not indifferent to this progress, and has expanded its product catalog to include the eco-responsible category. What more could you ask for? Oh yes, brands are coming up with 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 now, brands have been looking for and applying more responsible alternatives in view of environmental issues. Planet-friendly sneakers are now a rich and unexpected offering. Today, the production of ethical sneakers is based on strong commitments to reduce social, economic and environmental impacts. Say goodbye to fossil fuels and harmful dyes, and say hello to organic, vegetable (apple, mushroom or cactus leather) or recycled materials. For the moment, "organic" sneakers are only half organic in practice. However, these brands are pushing their research towards ever more environmentally-friendly alternatives. Where most brands choose to source GMO-grown textiles, these brands prefer 100% natural cotton.
The same goes for rubber, which is no longer synthetic and petroleum-based. The rubber used in eco-friendly sneakers comes fromrubber trees harvested in the Amazon rainforest. Another alternative to GMO textiles is hemp. Processed in a very specific way, this material effectivelywaterproofs the sneakers. A few others have invested in the manufacture of sneakers made entirely from recycled products. The base material can be 100% recycled plastic or recycled textiles (such as cotton). The plastic bottles that cover the seas find a new use, a second life. These eco-responsible sneaker manufacturers are working to make better use of our planet's resources. At the same time, they are helping to meet ever-increasing customer demand.
The race for innovation among sneaker 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, listing all its suppliers since 2005. To offer increasingly eco-responsible sneakers, in September 2019, the brand is multiplying 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%. In addition, it will promote the Reuse-a-shoe and Nike Grind programs, with the aim of giving new life to old products in the form of new creations. In February 2020, the brand is producing an astonishing sneaker called Space Hippie made from the textile waste that covers the floors of its factories, as well as the residue from the soles of its Vapormax 4% shoes. The same principle applies to the VaporMax Air Flyknit, which is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Jordan and Converse, two brands belonging to Nike, are also part of the Move to Zero approach. At Jordan, this commitment takes shape in the Crater line, which features recycled polyester and nylon, as well as a sole from the Nike Grind program. At Converse, the same code name and the 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 has developed an eco-friendly sneaker called Futurecraft Loop, which is entirely recyclable and will go on sale in 2021. To design this innovation, Adidas chose to avoid polluting materials, renouncing glue in particular and opting for thermoplastic polyurethane, a plastic considered sustainable.