It seems that decomposing trainers are the next best thing in the field of fashion. Forget brand new designer goods to slip your feet into – bio-based alternatives will soon become every fashionista’s dream. The adidas Futurecraft trainer is 100 percent biodegradable and made from natural products. The global sportswear brand has partnered with the German biotech company AMSilk to create the first premium innovation footwear made using silk biopolymers. This material offers a unique combination of properties that enable it to perform just as well as their traditional trainers. They are 15 percent lighter in weight than conventional fibres as well as having the potential to be the strongest fully natural material. As the largest sports clothing manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world, having this sort of influence means that more can be done to develop innovative new products with sustainable solutions to get the whole fashion world talking.
James Carnes, Vice President of Strategy Creation at adidas, said: “In a year of ground-breaking innovations from adidas, the announcement of our partnership with AMSilk – and the unveiling of the adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe – is another step in our commitment to redefining the sports industry."
The adidas ( @adidas ) Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe features an upper made from 100 percent Biosteel fibre, a nature-based and completely biodegradable high-performance fibre. The Biosteel is created by fermenting natural carbon sources and converting them into a white powder. This is a material which has already been used in the beauty and medical products, including surgical meshes and implants.
The shoe was unveiled at the renowned Biofabricate Conference in New York as adidas and AMSilk announce a partnership that will explore the use of Biosteel fiber in performance products on a larger scale.
Jens Klein, CEO of AMSilk, said: “The sports shoes which have been developed together with adidas are the first products worldwide with a high-performance material made of nature-identical silk biopolymers. With this development we are setting new standards regarding the functionality of renewable textiles."
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The release of the adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe comes in a year where adidas has released a series of products that have pushed the boundaries of sneaker innovation. These include the Futurecraft Tailored Fibre, which utilised revolutionary manufacturing techniques to enable unique footwear designs and the Futurecraft M.F.G., the first product to be created at adidas’ industry-changing SPEEDFACTORY facility.
This continues adidas’ journey of sustainable innovation – from a starting point of virgin plastics, to recycled plastics, to its partnership with Parley for the Oceans and now a totally new frontier of investing in solutions that leverage science and nature as an integral part of innovation.
These cutting-edge product developments have been complemented by adidas’ commitment to sustainability, with its relationship with Parley for the Oceans having led to the release of the first mass-produced footwear created using Parley Ocean Plastic.