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From Fishing Nets to Sportswear

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

I came across these trainers made from ocean plastic at the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Designed by Alexander Taylor for Adidas, woven recycled plastic filament, plastic and rubber, Adidas X Parley Ultraboost, 2015.


Original photo-montage by Lukas Kroulik - From fishing nets to sportswear.

These trainers are made from illegal deep-sea plastic gillnets removed from the Antarctic Ocean by the charity Sea Shepherd.


Produced by Adidas in collaboration with the environmental campaign group Parley for the Oceans, the shoes show how advocacy and design can lead to game-changing innovation.


The woven uppers are made using a process called 'tailored fibre placement' which enables the repurposed plastic to be woven directly into the shape of the foot.

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