adidas is using some innovative material sourcing and production methods at the moment to build its performance sneakers. This can be seen with its SPEEDFACTORY that uses 3D-printing and digital knitting methods to produce. It terms of materials, adidas has teamed with Parley Ocean Plastic to recycle plastics floating in the ocean to create textiles for limited run sneakers.
The German footwear maker is now ready to source a second environmentally friendly material, Biosteel from German biotech company AMSilk.
The material is describes as made of “nature-identical silk biopolymers”, which is made to be biodegradable. Beyond the environmentally friendly construction, the textile is 15% lighter than conventional synthetic fibers and said be stronger too.
Biosteel is set to debut on the Futurecraft Biofabric, however, a release date is currently unknown for the silhouette. Stay with us for updates.