I know you all are probably thinking, what in the world are trash shoes? If some of you have not heard, Adidas has partnered up with an organization titled, “Parley for the Oceans,” in an effort to raise awareness of all the pollution in the ocean; which we learned in class, is building up. Adidas has designed a shoe prototype that’s upper part is made out of recycled sea trash, such as plastics and other garbage that is found in the ocean and also illegal deep-sea gillnets which were retrieved from an illegal poaching vessel; the shoes have soles made out of other sustainable materials. About 705,000 tons of the debris in the ocean are made up of fishnets, and up to 750,000 bits of microplastic are collected in a square kilometer of the ocean, which is about 1.9 million bits in a square mile. If this shoe could cut down on the garbage in the ocean, it would not only help our environment, but would also help reduce the amount of deaths of sea mammals and be beneficial to their environment as well. Another step Adidas is taking to help with the project, is they announced that they are going to start “phasing” out the use of plastic bags in their retail stores.
The shoes currently do not have a name or may be released in a slightly different form than the prototype and also does not have a set release date yet; however I think that it is great that Adidas is taking the initiative and raising awareness for this growing problem and honestly the shoes are not too bad on the eyes.
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Starr, Michelle. “From Trash to Treasure: Adidas Designs Shoes Made of Ocean Garbage – CNET.” CNET. N.p., 5 July 2015. Web. 09 Nov. 2015.