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Adidas x Parley Shoes - Upcycling Ocean Plastics

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Adidas has made a complete winner with the new X Parley shoes. Our oceans are polluted by plastics from old fishing nets to toys and bottles and much much more.

"Limited edition of the iconic adidas x Parley running shoe is now available for people to earn bypledging their support for Parley's Ocean Plastic Program.
adidas x Parley shoe is a world first, using innovative technology to create performance products using Parley Ocean Plastic®.
Globally renowned football icon and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane joins the movement.

Parley x Adidas

Herzogenaurach, June 7, 2016 – To celebrate World Oceans Day, adidas and Parley for the Oceans have announced the release of a limited number of the iconic running shoe showcased at last year's Parley Talks 'Oceans. Climate. Life.' hosted by the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.

People around the world are being given until the end of July 2016 to enter a creative Instagram contest to earn one of the 50 available pairs.

Parley for The Oceans x Adidas

Zinedine Zidane who is supporting the movement said:
"This is an inspiring partnership between adidas and Parley. What adidas and Parley is doing, by turning waste into a running shoe, shows that even waste that is harming the planet can be used to create something special."

The shoe upper is made from Parley Ocean Plastic®, which is collected in coastal areas in the Maldives, as well as illegal deep-sea gillnets retrieved by Parley for the Oceans' partner organisation Sea Shepherd. The shoe has been created with adidas' most innovative production method: adidas Tailored Fibre Technology, a revolutionary manufacturing technique that enables unique footwear designs to be tailored to the individual needs of any athlete.

As of June 8, World Oceans Day, people will be able to earn a pair by taking part in an Instagram contest. People will be asked to create a video and show how they pledge to avoid single use plastic items and support Parley's Ocean Plastic Program. The competition will close on July 31, 2016. The full rules of the game as well as the countries where the competition will be run will be disclosed on adidas and Parley's social channels.

"This adidas x Parley running shoe is already iconic," said Eric Liedtke, adidas Group Executive Board member responsible for Global Brands. "It's a shoe for game changers. We can't wait to hear the stories of those who stand up, suggest creative solutions, take action and want to join us on our journey to clean up the oceans."

PArley for the oceans and Adidas Collaboration

With the goal of developing and supporting new technologies to up-cycle ocean plastic debris, over the last year adidas and Parley for the Oceans have worked on turning ocean plastic into technical yarn fibres that can be used for performance products. This shoe is the first in a series of products that adidas is now able to produce using Parley Ocean Plastic®.

"So much work has happened behind the scenes since we launched our partnership with adidas. We are creating new standards, new materials and technologies that are so different to those the sporting goods industry is used to", says Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans. "It is an ongoing challenge, but we achieved the first step. Now we can replace new plastic with recycled marine plastic debris: Parley Ocean Plastic®. We can create footwear and apparel products with it and we are ready to scale it up".

In 2015 Adidas partnered with the Parley to look at how to ensure there is less plastic going into our oceans as well as some being taken out. Parley is a group where thinkers, designers and others come together to create products that seek to reduce, minimise and end our environmental impact.

More about Parley here.


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