In the March 2020 edition of Runner’s World Magazine UK we helped create an annotated illustration of the perfect eco-shoe featuring sustainable solutions from our library that could replace existing materials
Take a look at the materials selected for the concept shoe. The list includes pineapple leather and the world’s first carbon-negative EVA midsole…
MC 216405 / Apexa®
A biodegradable polyester that can be processed and used like any other textile fiber. Developed through patented and innovative technology, the PET fiber breaks down into water and carbon dioxide under industrial composting conditions to reduce textile waste and limit environmental impact.
MC 792101 / Piñatex
A plant-based, lightweight, non-woven material that is made from pineapple leaf fiber (PALF) as a sustainable alternative to leather and petroleum-based textiles. The base material is biodegradable, water resistant, and formaldehyde-free.
MC 860601 / OSOMTEX®
A patent-pending example of closed-loop manufacturing for apparel, using mixed discarded post-consumer and post-industrial textile waste that otherwise would end up in a landfill. It is composed of 70% post-consumer discarded clothing (average of 68% polyester, 27% cotton, and 5% other fabrics) and 30% polyester (or recycled polyester).
MC 966101 / ECONAMID® AIR
The world’s first 100% recycled carbon-fiber reinforced nylon molding resin for high-performance applications. The company offers versions with both nylon 6 and nylon 6,6, and in fiber loadings from 10 – 50%. It can be molded into complex shapes and is suitable for applications in automotive, consumer products, sports equipment, industrial, and aerospace.
MC 673804 / I’m green™ EVA
A renewably sourced resin that offers a drop-in solution to virgin EVA without investments in new machinery for footwear and flexible packaging. This resin is a copolymer of bio-based ethylene, produced from sugarcane, and vinyl acetate that contributes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by CO2 capture.
MC 859801 / Colorifix
The first in-development commercial biological dyeing process to help the textile industry dramatically reduce its environmental impact. The process makes textile dyes more sustainable by replacing chemical methods with microbial fermentation. During the process, agricultural waste products are converted into dyes using microbes, reducing the water and energy required to produce the dyes.