Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Adidas to only use recycled plastics in its products by 2024

Adidas to only use recycled plastics in its products by 2024

Eliminating "virgin" plastic also includes polyester, a material popular in tons of Adidas products - everything from sports bras to t-shirts - because it absorbs sweat.

Adidas' announcement builds on its moves to use more recycled material in its products. In particular, products made from recycled plastic will be much easier and faster to dry after washing.

Brand Adidas chose to join the decision of environmental problems of the world, therefore, will be to create shoes and clothing from recycled plastic.

The company has vowed to eliminate its use of "virgin" plastic in its sportswear, offices, stores, distribution centers and warehouses beginning this year, according to CNN Money.

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Adidas will save an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year with the move, which has already started.

Adidas also reported that its spring and summer 2019 apparel lines will contain over 40 percent recycled polyester. In 2016 the company released a line of shoes made entirely out of recycled ocean plastic. They did it again in March this year when it was revealed they had sold more than 1 million pairs of their ocean plastic shoes in 2017. The material is cheap and versatile, but governments and consumers are increasingly aware of its huge environmental costs.

On a global basis, only 14 percent of plastic is collected for recycling.

In an attempt to save the environment, other companies like Starbucks plans to eliminate the use of plastic straws from its stores; McDonald's scraps out plastic straws in United Kingdom and Ireland; Ikea bans single-use plastic from its stores and restaurants; and LEGO produces toy bricks from sustainable and plant-based plastic. "The reuse rate is awful compared to other materials", it notes, "58% of paper and up to 90% of iron and steel is recycled".

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