Global sports and fitness brand Reebok have launched the first product from its 'Cotton + Corn' sustainable products initiative, which was announced last year. The Cotton + Corn program aims to produce footwear with “things that grow” in order to create sustainable products. The shoe, released this month is the NPC UK Cotton + Corn, and is constructed from an upper made of 100% cotton, and a corn-based sole. The shoe has insoles that are derived from castor bean oil and comes in packaging that is 100% recycled.
“Most athletic footwear is made using petroleum to create synthetic rubber and foam cushioning systems,” said Bill McInnis , Head of Reebok Future. “With 20 billion pairs of shoes made every year, this is not a sustainable way of making footwear. At Reebok, we thought ‘what if we start with materials that grow, and use plants rather than oil-based materials?’
“By using sustainable resources as our foundation, and then through ongoing testing and development, we were able to create a plant-based sneaker that performs and feels like any other shoe. The NPC UK Cotton + Corn is the only footwear product on the market that has been certified as containing 75% USDA certified biobased content,” added McInnis ( @bill_mcinnis ) . “And this is just the start for us. We are on an ongoing path to create a different type of footwear – so that you can feel good about what you’re wearing and where it came from.”
For the Cotton + Corn initiative, Reebok partnered with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, a leading manufacturer of high-performance bio-based solutions. DuPont Tate & Lyle has developed Susterra propanediol, a pure, petroleum-free, non-toxic product that contains 100% USDA certified biobased content, derived from field corn. Susterra propanediol is used to create the sole of the NPC UK Cotton + Corn footwear.
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