The Jakarta Post
Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti during an interview with The Jakarta Post on Sept. 19, 2018. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
“Dear friends, life is short, too short to waste,” said Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on Monday in a video uploaded on her official Instagram account.
The minister, who is often seen wearing boots, later showed off her gold shoes.
“[…] Look at my shoes – they’re made of recycled plastic bottles,” Susi said. “We shouldn’t carelessly throw away plastics. If we cannot recycle them, keep them – don’t ever let them reach the ocean.”
The video has been viewed by more than 1.2 million users so far and most of them were curious about the shoes, which is Renew Canvas, one of the latest releases from American shoe company Converse.
Presented in Chuck 70 design, Converse Renew Canvas is said to be entirely made from used plastic bottles that were processed into recycled polyester. The manufacturer collaborated with London-based recycling company First Mile to obtain the materials. Although made from recycled materials, they are no different from real canvas.
Converse Renew Canvas in wheat color. The shoes are made from recycled polyester originating from used plastic bottles. (converse.com/File)
According to kompas.com, the sneakers are also equipped with recycled polyester shoelaces and a speckled rubber outsole. They come in low and high top with several color options, such as moss green, ozone blue, wheat, pale putty, black and jade.
Converse Renew Canvas is available globally online and in Indonesia at its concept stores at Grand Indonesia and Senayan City, Central Jakarta, with prices ranging from Rp 759,000 (US$54.31) to Rp 999,000. (wir/kes)