In a bid to prove its commitment to creating sustainably produced products, iconic sports brand Nike has created a new football cleat called the Nike GS which is being touted as being the most eco-friendly shoe the company has ever produced. Throughout its body, the boot features renewable and recycled materials. The lightweight shoe weighs just 160 gms which makes it the fastest as well as the lightest shoe made by the company so far.
Polyester and recycled water bottles were among the reused plastics used to create the tongue, lining and laces of the shoe, over 70 percent of which is composed of these materials. Composed of 97 percent castor beans, a plant-based material called Pebax® Renu is used to create the shoe’s traction plate. This material is over 50 percent renewable.
The production process involved in making Kangaroo leather in the Nike GS also emits 35 percent less carbon that a process that uses traditional materials. Since castor beans require much less water to grow that other natural fibers, the overall environmental cost of making the shoes is also lowered. These cleats are also chemical free.
However, what makes the Nike GS such a great shoe for the average footballer is the fact that they are up to 15 percent lighter than traditional cleats thanks to the use of castor beans. Apart from the low environmental footprint, these cleats can also deliver high performance under the most pressing conditions.
Just 2012 copies of the limited edition Nike GS football cleats will be manufactured and will be available via the company’s online shop beginning August 15th at a price of $300.