#SustainableSport: Popular Sports Brand becomes Pace-Setter with Plastic Waste Recycling Programmes

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Sports brand, Nike, last month re-assessed its commitment to environmental issues in its FY 14/15 sustainability report and leads the way with plastic waste recycling programmes.

The sportswear manufacturer’s reuse-a-shoe and Nike Grind programmes has recycled the rubber, fibre and foam from worn-out shoes and other plastic waste for the past 20 years, creating quality materials that can be used for its own products and other sporting equipment.

To date, Nike has transformed more than 30 million pairs of its trainers into sports courts, sports surfaces found in gyms, playgrounds and other products.

The company not only uses post-consumer waste, but also recycled polyester collected from high quantities of plastic bottles to produce Nike’s apparel and footwear.  As a result, 71 per cent of its footwear is made with materials recycled from its own manufacturing process and in 2015, the brand recovered 92% of its refuse.

In addition, Nike uses an environment-friendly dyeing process called ColorDry that works without water, and does not need added chemicals.

In the bid to pursue zero-waste in its supply-chain and investing in technologies to drive 100% renewable energy in its factories, Nike proves that sports facilities and sportswear industries can contribute to environmental solutions.

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