Nike is celebrating four years of their fly knit design, and to mark the occasion, the sportswear giant is going eco friendly. From now on the popular high tech trainer’s yarn core will be made using recycled polyester, and they’ve already saved 182 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills.
The positive news came with a detailed infographic, explaining the technology that goes into each fly knit trainer, including how the new recycling process is executed.
The flyknit design was introduced in 2012, and is now available in 28 different models, covering the field of running, training, sportswear, basketball and US football. Before recycled polyester was introduced, this high performance model was already pretty eco-friendly, reducing waste by 60% on average compared to the average trainer. The whole upper shoe is stitched using micro engineering, meaning less materials are used.