Nike’s New Re­cy­cled Leather Shoes Look Like They Were Made From The Real Thing

Shoes & Accessories - - The Month That Was -

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 ad­van­ 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.

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