Sneaker brands embrace sustainable footwear

August 31st, 2023

Plastic footwear can take 1,000 years to break down. Photo: OrthoLite When Nike launched its Flyknit sneaker in 2012, it kickstarted a new era in sustainable footwear. The one-piece uppers, knit on a flat machine, created 60% less waste than traditional construction. The transition to recycled polyester (rPET) yarns in 2016 added to the brand’s […]

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Sustainable shoes to be made from ‘Plant Leather’

May 1st, 2021

Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds Inc. has invested $2 million in the startup Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) with plans to use its plant-based leather in Allbirds shoe. Ecotextile News reports that NFW has created a special version of its Mirum leather alternative called Plant Leather, which has been fine-tuned for the footwear company. Plant Leather is […]

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