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adidas reaffirms their commitment to ending plastic waste

May 12, 2022

A celebration that should be every day, Earth Day is officially on the 22nd of April every year. In recognition of Earth Day this year, adidas has reaffirmed its commitment to ending plastic waste. Commenting on the significance of Earth Day, Senior Brand Director at adidas SA, Kate Woods said, “Earth Day is about celebrating our planet and raising awareness for environmental issues. At a global level, adidas is committed to ending plastic waste, and this is something we actively drive in South Africa across our consumer activations, partner agreements, store environment, and at our head office. If we take action individually, together, we will make an impact.”

True to the brand’s Impossible is Nothing mindset, adidas has set challenging sustainability targets. Currently, more than 90% of the polyester used is recycled polyester and by 2024, they will only use recycled polyester where possible. By 2025, adidas aims to have 90% of its product be sustainable and achieve climate neutrality across its entire value chain by 2050. It’s also the year when it’s expected that our oceans will contain more plastic than fish if we don’t act now to end plastic waste.

The adidas solution is through sustainable innovation. Innovation is deeply rooted in the company culture. Its founder, Adi Dassler, was the first inventor in the sporting goods industry. In his lifetime, he has filed over 700 patents.

adidas sustainability loop

The company’s sustainable innovations revolve around three loops:

  • Recycled Loop – products made in part with recycled materials such as Parley Ocean Plastic.
  • Circular Loop – products made to be worn, returned, ground up, and remade into new products.
  • Regenerative Loop – products made in part with natural and renewable materials.

In 2015, adidas presented the first adidas x Parley running shoe at the United Nations headquarters in New York. It is made with recycled plastic waste intercepted from beaches and coastal communities. By the end of 2021, adidas had produced close to 50 million pairs of shoes containing Parley Ocean Plastic.

adidas Originals and long-time partner Parley for the Oceans return with a collection of iconic styles, reimagined for a better tomorrow. From the Superstar to the Stan Smith, the Nizza to the Forum and many more. Over the past several decades, adidas‘ icons have left their mark on the sneaker world and this season, the brand with the Three Stripes and Parley have come together to bring these signature looks firmly into the future.

Already timeless, each sneaker in this collection has been made with a yarn which contains at least 50% Parley Ocean Plastic. The other 50% of the yarn is recycled polyester. It all serves as just one of the innovations that represent adidas‘ commitment to helping End Plastic Waste. Effortless style and progress come together for a collection where every step makes a difference.

The collection plays host to a series of innovative takes on the: 

  • Superstar
  • Nizza Hi
  • Stan Smith
  • ZX 8000
  • Forum Mid
  • Forum Low  
  • NMD_R1

Made up in sleek black and white colourways, each sneaker is one step toward helping the cleanup of waste.

 adidas x Parley
  adidas x Parley collection

Get involved and help end plastic waste

The adidas Originals by Parley collection is available at adidas Concept Stores or online. Launched on Earth Day, Friday 22 April, the price ranges from R1699 to R2799. 

In addition to incredible product innovations, adidas is calling on consumers to join the brand and its global community of athletes and creators, to End Plastic Waste through activations such as Run for the Oceans.

Run for the Oceans with adidas

Now in its fifth year, Run for the Oceans is an international movement to help end plastic waste. The goal is to come together, get active through sport and help protect one of our most important life sources—our oceans.

Get involved, do your part and Run for the Oceans. Image source: Facebook/adidasZA

In 2021, over 5 million people around the world ran over 56 million kilometres. It saw over 230,000 kilograms of plastic waste being collected from beaches and coastal communities.

This year, for every 10 minutes of running, adidas and Parley will clean up the equivalent weight of one plastic bottle from our beaches and islands. That is an estimated weight of up to 250,000 kilograms.

How to get involved:

  • Download the free adidas Running app from the App StoreGoogle Play or Huawei App Gallery today!
  • Join the free Run for the Oceans Challenge in the adidas Running app from 09 May to 22 May
  • Participate in the Run for the Oceans Challenge in the adidas Running app from 23 May to 08 June

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