Our oceans are full of plastic. Fortunately, scientists are mapping where it lies, which means we can begin scooping it up — and perhaps even start to use it to create new products, like these sneakers.
A collaboration between Adidas and Parley for the Oceans, these running shoes are a design concept made using just plastics found in oceans. The bulk materials are made from reclaimed waste; fibres, yarns and filaments are wound from illegal deep-sea gillnets. The bright blue lines in particular are made form the distinctive blue nets you may have seen in the back of a trawler. All of the materials were sourced from a 110-day expedition of the coast of West Africa.
They are, sadly, just a concept. But Adidas and Parley for the Oceans are actually going to release real consumer products later in the year -- and these sneakers no doubt point towards the kind of styles you can expect to see.