Nike: Transforming Plastic Bottles Into Shoes

Nike creates many products by transforming plastic bottles, manufacturing scraps and used product into new materials (such as Nike Grind) — emblematic of Nike’s 30-year commitment to holistic sustainability.

In fact, 75 percent of all Nike shoes and apparel now contain some recycled material.

Beyond reusing, Nike also manufactures some of its most iconic products in a sustainable way. In fact, Air is one of Nike’s most sustainable innovations.

Nike introduced the Air unit in 1979. Today, the technology consists of pressurized air (nitrogen) inside a tough, yet flexible bag (called a Nike Air sole unit) that sits in the midsole beneath the heel, forefoot or both to provide the sensation of walking or running on air.

The limits of this technology are now being pushed by more sustainable materials, computational design and advanced manufacturing tools.

The goals is to make the product lighter and stronger and in doing so minimize Nike’s impact by using more recycled materials.

Nike will be powered by 100-percent renewable energy across North America by 2019 (and halfway toward reaching its worldwide goal by 2025).

Till date, No one uses more recycled polyester in the industry than Nike.

Reference- Nike PR