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Nike has announced its new sustainable solution to leather. The material, called Flyleather, is made of 50% recycled leather fiber. This leather fibre is obtained from scraps discarded at leather tanneries, and Nike claim that the overall manufacturing process for the material will use 90% less water and reduce the carbon footprint by 80% in comparison to traditional leather production.

“The earth is the athlete’s biggest playground, so one of our greatest opportunities is to create breakthrough products while protecting our planet,” says Hannah Jones, Nike Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of the Innovation Accelerator. This material, she continues, “is an important step toward ensuring athletes always have a place to enjoy sport.”

You can learn more about the new material and the first line of Nike Flyleather shoes via this link. As per the initial announcement ahead of NY Climate Week, it appears that along with the Nike Flyleather Tennis Classic, Nike has also created limited editions of the next generation Nike Flyleather footwear – versions of the Air Force 1, Air Max 90, Cortez, Jordan 1, and Tennis Classic.

Currently Nike sits with a mediocre score on the ethical index in comparison to the rest of the world’s shoe brands. But initiatives like this will certainly contribute to improving their ethical ranking.

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