“Global Challenge, Global Solutions” is a series hosted on Climasphere highlighting inspiring, innovative, and creative global solutions to the challenge of climate change in the lead up to the next major climate conference, COP22. These solutions have been provided by members of the Earth To Marrakech coalition, a group of more than 50 media organizations, civil society groups, and businesses from around the world who are raising their voices in a collective call to move from words to action on climate change. Let’s send a message, from Earth To Marrakech: The solutions to climate change are out there, and they’re inspiring.
3D-Printed Shoe Made from Ocean Plastic Waste
A team of partners, including Parley for the Oceans and adidas, has created an innovative shoe, the upper part of which is made entirely of yarns and fila- ments reclaimed and recycled from ocean waste and deep-sea fishing nets. Removing more than 72 km of illegally abandoned deep-sea netting, and returning thousands of illegally captured toothfish and other bycatch to the sea in the process, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans are turning ocean debris into a valuable material for the fashion industry.
Since launching the prototype, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have worked to convert old fishing nets and ocean plastic into fibers used to make a performance shoe. Adidas and Parley are working on a consumer-ready range of footwear that will hit the market by the end of 2016.
RELEVANCE OF SOLUTION
Launched at COP21, the concept shoe brought attention to the issues of plastic pollution and illegal fishing activity, demonstrating how industry and organizations can work together to create new sustainable materials and products and act to combat ocean plastic pollution.
TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE:
The solution helps repurpose some of the estimated 4 to 12 million metric tons of plastic waste that enter the oceans each year.
Removing fishing nets from the oceans and along coasts helps reduce plastic pollution and damage to marine ecosystems, on which coastal communities depend.
The overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems is conservatively estimated at $13 billion each year.2