In 2012 Nike introduced the Flyknit technology which allows them to produce light, strong and adaptive footwear with 60% less waste than the industry footwear manufacturing average. This technology has been used for the production of several of their trainers including running, training, basketball, football, tennis and golf.
As part of their Flyknit technology, the new Flyleather shoe has been introduced for the first time during Climate Week. As described by Nike, the Flyleather is a super material made with at least 50% recycled natural leather fiber and water power. During a typical leather manufacturing process, 30% of a cow’s hide is discarded, Nike uses the discarded leather scraps from the floor of tanneries and transforms them into fiber which then goes through a hydro and finishing process to fully complete.
According to Nike, overall Flyknit uses 90% less water, 80% lower carbon footprint, 50% recycled fiber and is 5 times more durable, making it one of Nike’s more sustainable innovation ever and a game-changer for the trainers industry.
“The earth is the athlete’s biggest playground, so one of our greatest opportunities is to create breakthrough products while protecting our planet,” says Hannah Jones, Nike Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of the Innovation Accelerator.
Nike is kicking the Flyleather off with the Tennis Classic – now available on the Nike website and selected stores, followed by the Air Force 1, Air Max 90, Cortez and Jordan 1.