Nike unveils greener soccer shoe
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Oregon-based Nike last week introduced a new, light, green soccer shoe. Click through to learn more.
While Americans were pulling up their chairs to the Thanksgiving table, Nike in Europe was unveiling its latest soccer footwear offering, the Nike GS2.
The soccer shoe — or boot as its known in Europe — is being touted as the most environmentally friendly soccer shoe yet.
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Designed in Italy, the shoe uses renewable and recycled materials throughout, delivering a light shoe — just 5.6 ounces for the size 9 shoe.
Nike used castor beans — the seeds used to make castor oil — to create a traction plate for the shoe and its sock liner. Shoe laces, lining and tongue have a minimum 70 percent recycled materials.
The shoe, which Nike says will be worn by European soccer stars including Theo Walcott, Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling, Mario Goetze, Christian Eriksen and El Shaarawy, will hit stores Dec. 1.
Nike's introduction of greener products has picked up the pace in the last year, the most prominent being Nike Flyknit, the low-waste production shoe that stole the show at the Summer Olympics. The company is also testing a new waterless fabric dying process.
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