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Five sustainably made sneakers for eco-friendly enthusiasts

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, June 3, 2020  /  06:03 pm
Five sustainably made sneakers for eco-friendly enthusiasts

Nike's Space Hippie (Nike/File)

In the current climate crisis, more and more pressure has been put on the fashion industry to create products that are more sustainable. Consumers now prefer to spend their money on products that have been sustainably produced .

Following this trend, at least five footwear brands have produced eco-friendly sneaker collections to further reduce their own carbon footprint.


Nike recently released its "Space Hippie" sneaker collection, which was inspired by life on Mars where recycling is necessary due to low supplies of materials. 

The collection is sustainable as it is created from scraps or “space junk”, which are made from recycled plastic water bottles, T-shirts and yarn scraps.

Nike claims to have created an entirely radical form of fashion, one that combines style and sustainability.


Adidas' Ultraboost 20 X Parley Adidas' Ultraboost 20 X Parley (Adidas/File)

The "UltraBOOST 20" collection by Adidas is a collaboration between Adidas and the nonprofit climate organization Parley for the Oceans.

The sneaker collection redefines the brand's Ultraboost sneakers in a sustainable way, as it is made from recycled waste that is intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean.


Allbirds' Wool Runners Allbirds' Wool Runners (Allbirds/File)

Allbirds is a New Zealand and American footwear company that focuses on accomplishing sustainable fashion measures and designing environmentally friendly footwear.

In their brand description, Allbirds states that it plans to “eliminate [its] products’ carbon footprint. First, by measuring the emissions of everything from raw materials to their end of life. Next, by reducing [their] impact by incorporating things like natural and recycled materials. And finally, by offsetting the little bit that’s left with carbon offsets, making it a "completely carbon neutral business".

The company’s first shoe was the Wool Runner, which is made from New Zealand's superfine merino wool. 

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New Balance

New Balance X Reformation X90 New Balance X Reformation X90 (Reformation/File)

New Balance has announced its collaboration with sustainable brand Reformation in its new sneaker collection. 

The collection includes the X90 sneakers and 574 sneakers, which are all made using eco-friendly materials like post-consumer recycled polyester in the linings, laces and labels, chrome free suede, and shoe inserts made from a combination of EVA foam and BLOOM algae.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney's Loop Stella McCartney's Loop (Stella McCartney/File)

Stella McCartney’s Loop sneakers have changed the way footwear brands can approach sustainability. 

Using smart engineering features, the collection uses an innovative design that attaches the upper part of the shoe to its sole without any glue. Thus, this would mean that at the end of the sneaker’s life, one can easily remove the upper part from the sole and recycle each part. (cal/kes)

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