It is expected that a fundamentally new environmentally friendly material from mushroom mycelium will be an excellent basis for sewing sneakers.
The famous sportswear company has announced that it is working on a new material, plant-based leather, that will be used to make sports shoes. It is reported that mushroom mycelium will be used to make this alternative to natural leather. According to the statement Adidas, work on new material is already in full swing. But even the approximate dates of their completion have not yet been named.
The development of a new plant-based material is one of the steps taken by Adidas towards sustainable and waste-free production. The company previously said it produced 15 million pairs of shoes in 2020 from recycled plastic waste collected from beaches and coastal areas. In 2021, it is planned to reach 17 million pairs. The first use of recycled plastic in Adidas sneakers came in 2017 with the introduction of the Ultraboost "Parley" model, which was made using a number of recycled components.
In addition to recycled plastic, the company has also begun developing new recycled cotton material and is already using recycled polyester in its product line. It is stated that starting in 2021, more than 60% of the presented range will contain this material.
The company's actions are a response to new trends in the production of shoes, especially sneakers, which today are extremely popular and are a kind of status symbol. Today in the world more and more manufacturers are striving to ensure that their products cause as little damage to the environment as possible. Companies such as Nike, Everlane и Allbirds.