Eco Friendly, Vegan Kicks: Nike Flyknits
These Nike Fkyknit running shoes are made from recycled plastic bottles, spun into fibre.
Unlike the traditional cut & sew style of shoe making,
they are knitted from one single piece - reducing waste by about 60%, according to Nike.
Apparently (according to our Nike store sales assistant),
all Nike runners are now vegan 😀
- with no animal glues or leather used.
(Some of their casual shoes still use leather though.
So we are looking forward to the day when these are also phased out
and replaced with more animal and environmentally friendly materials.)
As of this February, Nike have been making Flyknit shoes for 4 years,
which has reduced nearly 3.5 million pounds of waste,
and diverted 182 million bottles from landfill.
Using re-spun nylon thread uses 30% less energy than non-recycled nylon,
so that's a win on the energy side too.
It's exciting to see more and more innovations coming out using recycled plastic bottles & other waste.
(Check out these 7 glamorous swimwear brands made from recycled ocean waste.)
We can't wait to see what else producers have got in store for us!
1 YEAR ON UPDATE.....
I'm sad to report that while the upper flyknit component of these Nike shoes has lasted beautifully, the soles have completely worn smooth. Considering I use them for walking, not running, I would have expected more than 12 months good wear from them.
So would I recommend them to others? Not really - it's great that Nike are taking an initiative in using recycled materials in part of the construction of their shoes, but that's only better for the planet if the overall product lasts longer than 12 months. So it's a fail on the enviro score card from me.
And meanwhile, I'm off to do more research on a pair of replacement runners with enivro & ethical credentials. I'll keep you posted....