Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 Mens Bright Crimson/Total Orange/Blackrunning Sneakers,
ENVIRONMENT
11/21/2016 04:21 pm ET Updated Nov 22, 2016

The Fabric On These Adidas Shoes Will Decompose In Your Sink

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4 Men's Running Shoes Blue rR8685A,
Nike Boys -  Nike Air Force 1 Mid Casual Shoes in Black/Team Red/White
Adidas
Adidas has unveiled a running shoe that features 100% biodegradable fabric. The Futurecraft Biofabric, pictured, is currently just a prototype.

Adidas has unveiled a new shoe featuring biodegradable fabric that’s designed to break down within hours of its disposal using a water and enzyme solution.

The one catch: the current design appears to be attached to a foam sole ― suggesting that a large portion of the shoe would still end up in a landfill.

Adidas’ Futurecraft Biofabric was presented at last week’s Biofabricate conference in New York. The unique design features a synthetic spider silk called Biosteel that is 100 percent biodegradable, according to the shoemaker.

The sneaker, which touts itself as the first biodegradable shoe of its kind, is currently just a prototype but the company expects it to become a commercial product by next year, Wired reported.

Nike Boys -  Nike KD 8 Basketball Shoes in Lunar Grey/Alligator/Bright Citrus
Adidas
The synthetic spider silk called Biosteel is said to be stronger and lighter than traditional fabric used in sneakers. It also requires less energy to manufacture.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 Running Shoes Chlorine Blue/Industrial Blue/Glacier Blue/Binary Blue,nike air zoom structure 20 id women's running shoe,Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 Men's Running Shoes Black/Blue aQ9755L,

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 Men's Running Shoes Red/Grey kX4175Z,Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 Running Shoes Black/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/White,Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 Women's Running Shoes Black/White uA5645P,

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 Women's Running Shoes Grey/White/Blue wX2687V,nike air zoom structure 20 shield men's,"nike air zoom vomero mens running trainers 17440 sneakers shoes(uk us eu 42 wolf grey white anthra",

According to Gizmodo, users simply place the shoes in water and add a digestion enzyme called proteinase that will cause the protein-based yarn to decompose within 36 hours.

“This process is 100% natural,” an Adidas spokesperson told the news site. “The shoe would not dissolve if worn in rainy weather conditions, for example, as the presence of proteinase is all important to the process.”

At far as what happens to the sole, an Adidas spokesman stressed to HuffPost that different, more sustainable material “might be taken into consideration” should the shoe go into production.

“Futurecraft Biofabric is a prototype that is meant to show where the industry can go,” Vinti Bhatnagar said in an email Tuesday. “Recycling footwear can be an energy intense process and if we have an upper that doesn’t need to be recycled that helps.”

Bhatnagar also noted that Adidas debuted last December a 3D-printed midsole concept made out of recycled ocean plastic.

This article has been updated with an additional statement from Adidas.

Nike Boys -  Nike Roshe One Flight Weight Breathe Casual Shoes in University Red/White
Adidas
Adidas last year announced the creation of this 3D-printed shoe midsole that's made out of recycled ocean plastic.

Today’s current Futurecraft Biofabric shoe prototype otherwise appears to feature Adidas’ Ultra Boost outsole, which according to the company’s website is composed of elastic foam particles called thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU.

Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 Men's Running Shoes Grey/Black oY5770Z,Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 Women's Running Shoes Dark Grey/Pure Platinum/Volt/White,Nike Air Zoom Winflo 3 Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/White/White - Nike Running Shoes All Styles - NIKE,

Nike Alpha Adapt Crossbody Duffel Bag,Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 (Wide) Men's Running Shoes Grey/Violet/White zR7737M,Nike Alpha Huarache 2K Filth Keystone Mid BG Black/White/Volt - Nike Molded Cleats Discount Online -,

Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 Td Factory,Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 Men's Running Shoes Blue/Black yY1209C,Nike Alpha Strike 3/4 TD,

Nike Breathe Men's Short Sleeve Training Top Ghost Green/Tourmaline/Black
BASF
Adidas' Boost running shoes feature a foam base that's made out of elastic foam particles called thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU.

Beyond this current sole, Adidas presses that this new Biosteel fabric is not just beneficial for the environment, but for athletes too.

The silk is said to be 15 percent lighter than traditional polymer shoes, as well as stronger. The fiber is further described as 100 percent vegan and offering controlled moisture management. It also takes far less energy to manufacture than regular polymer shoes.

“With this development we are setting new standards regarding the functionality of renewable textiles,” Jens Klein, CEO of AMSilk, which produced the silk, said in a statement.

Can’t wait for their release? Adidas also recently unveiled a new line of sneakers that are made from recycled plastic taken from the ocean ― again, the sole appears to be made out of foam.

Nike Championship Locker Room (Villanova) T-Shirt Mens White
Adidas
Adidas' UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley sneaker is made up of 11 plastic bottles that were retrieved from the Maldives. The design also appears to feature foam soles.

Nike Aptare SE Shoes Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum/Cool Grey,Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 Shield Men's Running Shoes Black oZ7105X,Nike As Nike Court " Short White,

Nike Balance Training Tank Top Womens Deep Royal Blue/Deep Royal Blue,Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 Shield Men's Running Shoes Blue/Grey zH1752T,Nike Basketball KD 8 Wolf Grey 553M,

Nike Basketball Shoes Air Max Elite Lebron James 11 Xi P.S Black Light Blue Soldes Canada,Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 Shield Women's Running Shoes Blue zH6472R,Nike Basketball Shoes Air Max Lebron James Colorful X Black Grey Conversion Discount,

Each pair of the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley is made up of 11 plastic bottles retrieved from the Maldives by environmental group Parley for the Oceans, according to Adidas.

“The shoes’ laces, heel cap base material, heel webbing, heel lining and the sock-liner cover are also made with recycled materials,” Adidas states in a release. “Its design is inspired by ocean waves, to reflect the shoe’s unique story and adidas and Parley’s commitment to end the cycle of pollution in the oceans.”

The shoes are slated for release sometime this month.

This story has been updated with a comment from an Adidas spokesman.

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTO GALLERY
Garbage In The Pacific Ocean
CONVERSATIONS