Adidas recently announced it is committing to making its products more sustainable by using only recycled plastic by 2024. The pledge includes polyester, a material which is now exceedingly popular in the production of sportswear and clothing in general. The move, coming from one of the biggest names in the sportswear market, has a great chance to influence other companies to follow the lead.
Besides eliminating “virgin” plastic from its products, Adidas will stop using the material in offices, retail outlets, warehouses, and distribution centers, CNN Money reports. The move is estimated to save 40 tons of plastic per year, starting in 2018.
According to the company, Adidas’s spring and summer apparel line for 2019 will already contain around 41 percent recycled polyester. The sportswear maker is also expecting an increase in sales of their Parley shoes, which are made from plastic intercepted before it reaches the oceans and created in collaboration with the organization Parley for the Oceans. The sales are estimated to reach 5 million pairs this year, compared with 1 million in 2017.
Adidas is the latest major company to implement changes aiming to reduce the amount of plastic used by the business. Most recently, moves targeting plastic waste have been announced by McDonald’s, Starbucks, American Express, and IKEA.
It is so great to see companies stepping up to eliminate this harmful material from everyday items. It’s estimated that around 85 percent of the world’s plastic never gets recycled, and we dump 8.8 million tons of plastics into the oceans every single year. Each of us can play a small part in making a change and reducing plastic pollution for the benefit of our planet. To find out what you can do, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign.Orginal Source