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  • What you're looking at is a waterfall of harvested algae, which is about to be turned into shoes.

  • And while we've seen plant based shoes before, most of them are casual shoes.

  • Making running shoes out of plants is a little more challenging.

  • Most experiments can't withstand the impact, or one company might have found a way to create a plant based shoe that can stand up to running a marathon.

  • Running shoes come in different shapes and forms, but they generally share a few key characteristics.

  • They usually have a large.

  • He'll, ah, comfortable, snug fit, are lightweight, can withstand 150 to 300 miles and cost anywhere between 102 $150.

  • And they're typically made entirely out of plastic, which is why shoe companies have been experimenting with plastic alternatives.

  • One such company, Reebok, decided to start with transforming its top running shoe, the forever float Ride energy.

  • We're doing our best to find the balance between the right materials that are great for the earth and the performance that will be upheld so anyone can run in the shoe, ultimately to run a marathon.

  • Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of plant based materials that can live up to the same performance and durability.

  • Its plastic corn couldn't hold up, and neither could mushrooms.

  • A lot of the considerations that go into using these materials is that they've never been used in footwear before.

  • They might not have the right melt strength of the right module list or elasticity to be suitable for performance product.

  • But after a year of trial and error, Reebok found the best combination of sustainable materials for its running shoes.

  • The eucalyptus tree bark is refined into a yarn to make the upper mesh of the shoe.

  • The algae is melted down to create the sock liner, the castor beans air turned into an oil to make the missile, and lastly, the rubber is used to make the out sole of the shoe.

  • Each of these shoes uses 60% less plastic than a typical running shoe.

  • Ah, lot of testing went into qualifying these materials just to make sure that the number one would work as a performance shoe material.

  • There was dynamic impact testing, which simulates 100 miles of running to test for cushioning and responsiveness, performance assessing, which simulates hundreds of miles of walking in one week to test for impact, abrasion and flexion and sending the shoes out so people could test them while running an average of 25 miles a week for six weeks.

  • What sustainability also comes with its challenges?

  • There just aren't a lot of these materials available, and the materials that are available are either really expensive or they don't have the physical properties that we need that are consumers expect for a performance footwear, and at the end of this shoes life cycle, it will still go straight to the landfills.

  • So while this model doesn't solve all the problems, we're really just taking the first couple of steps to make as many products that are bio based.

  • But it's dependent a lot on the materials how quickly we can get more materials, how quickly they can scale.

  • Reebok says it's planning to adopt this practice in its other shoe models in 2021 the Mawr involvement and time and energy that brands put into sustainability efforts.

  • The more other companies and suppliers will come into the fold, so we're taking a good first step, but we have a ways to go and We know that as more and more companies work towards creating sustainable products, who knows, Maybe one day you'll be running in plant based shoes without even knowing it.

What you're looking at is a waterfall of harvested algae, which is about to be turned into shoes.

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Why It's So Hard To Make Plastic-Free Running Shoes

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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