Nike’s New Recycled Leather Shoes Look Like They Were Made From The Real Thing
A new pair of shoes made out of the material, called Flyleather, looks and feels like it’s made from premium leather. But the material is made by turning scraps of leather into fibers and then blending those recycled fibers with synthetic ones. (Nike collaborated with the U.k.-based company E-leather, which uses a similar process to make recycled leather for seats on airplanes and trains, to make a material that would work for its shoes). For Nike, it’s a way to cut one of the largest sources of its carbon emissions; the material, which uses at least half recycled leather, has a carbon footprint 80% lower than traditional leather and uses 90% less water. It’s also lighter than leather, and more durable. “Sustainable innovations are delivering a pipeline of sustainable products and services that unlock competitive advantage.nike believes that sustainability is the world’s greatest innovation challenge,” says Hannah Jones, Nike’s chief sustainability officer and vice president of the company’s innovation accelerator. “That’s why we’ve made the sustainability team part of our advanced innovation department.”nike’s Flyknit shoes, for example, which use knitted fabric on upper of the shoe, have reduced more than 3.5 million pounds of waste since they were introduced in 2012. Flyleather can also be produced in a way that avoids as many scraps while cutting, since it is made in rolls rather than having the irregular shape of a hide.