Adidas Unveils World's First Biodegradable Shoes That Can Be Dissolved In 36 Hours

Posted: Mar 30 2017, 3:59pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Adidas Unveils World's First Biodegradable Shoes That can be Dissolved in 36 Hours
  • Adidas Unveils Futurecraft Biofabric: World's First Performance Shoe Made from Biosteel Fiber

Adidas is ready to manufacture biodegradable shoes that deconstruct within a day and a half. They essentially disintegrate into being a part of the natural landscape.

Usually people use their athletic shoes for years before throwing them into the trash or giving them away to some poor bloke. The throwing away of the shoes into the garbage can may be very harmful for the environment since it will lead to the shoes sitting in a landfill for an indefinite period of time. Adidas has however come up with a solution to this problem.

A biodegradable shoe that is far more easy on the environment has been created by the famous company. It is termed Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric.

The shoes apparently dissolve within 36 hours after the addition of a particular enzyme. These shoes are constructed from a very tough, featherweight material called Biosteel.

This material is made by a biotechnology firm called AMSilk. The upper side of the shoes is made from the same silky material that spiders use to make their webs. During the last months of 2016, Adidas showcased these shoes. They will come on shelves by the time 2018 rolls in.

Owners of these shoes will be able to convert them into mush with the simple use of an enzyme in their own washroom sinks. Only the soles will remain after the disintegration process is over.

A special enzme is poured from a packet on top of these shoes and then after 35 hours the residue goes down the drain. The material of these shoes is 15% lighter than common run-of-the-mill fabrics that are found in the marketplace.

As for the sole, it is not biodegradable. It is made of TPU plastic foam. Whichever way you look at it, these shoes cause less wastage than other forms of footwear.

Crude oil is normally used to make standard sneakers and joggers. This is a limited resource and will run out in the future. We are already feeling the pinch thanks to peak oil.

The only choice in the case of these standard shoes is that you either burn them and spread pollution or let them exist on the earth for eons in landfills and garbage piles that begin to stink. The cost of the new biodegradable shoes has not been divulged just yet.

While these shoes do not come cheap, they will have a reasonable price tag for the sake of the ordinary consumer on the street. Other products made of strange materials are also being looked into by the company known as AMSilk.

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.”

“This concept represents premium innovation. By using Biosteel fiber in our products, we have achieved an unrivalled level of sustainability. We are moving beyond closed loop and into an infinite loop – or even no loop at all. This is a pioneering stride forward beyond sustainability into a new territory of bionic innovation.”

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.”

The release of the adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe comes in a year.

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