adidas has been making strides into environmental sustainability over the last couple of months and its latest foray is its most fascinating yet.
After launching the adidas Ultra Boost Parlay, which is made wholly from recycled ocean waste, adidas has revealed a sneaker made fully from biodegradable material called “Biosteel”.
The upper mesh of the adidas Futurecraft Biofabric, constructed from fibres made by German manufacturers AMSilk to replicate natural silk, are 100% biodegradable and 15% lighter than conventional silk fibres.
The material is also bio-sourced and unlike other materials used in shoe production such as leather, the kicks are purely vegan.
Speaking to Gizmodo, adidas explained that while the shoes are biodegradable, wearers can be rest assured that the kicks won’t dissolve unintentionally.
To decompose the material, the shoe has to be exposed to a high concentration of the digestion enzyme proteinase, a natural substance. When exposed, the shoe can decompose within 36 hours.
There’s no word yet on pricing but the kicks are expected to launch in 2017.