Adidas will ditch the use of virgin plastic in almost every aspect of operations such as in its warehouses, retail stores, and offices. This goes beyond the company's iconic shoes, as the pledge would affect the company's use of polyester.
Shoe and apparel manufacturer Adidas pledged Monday to cut out "virgin" plastic from all its shoes and sportswear by 2024.
The shift to recycled polyester would see the sportswear brand target 5m in sales of recycled footwear this year and 11m in 2019 - but even this would account for just 3% of its annual footwear production. "With those kind of volumes, we can not make the transition overnight". Last year, it sold 1 million pairs of its recycled Ultraboost Uncaged Parley trainer.
Adidas will save an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year with the move, which has already started.
Two years ago, Adidas launched a sustainable footwear and clothing line in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans. While some beverages -including many blended drinks - will have dome lids, customers will be able to use straws made out of paper or compostable plastic, but only upon request. The Card is now a prototype and will be tested and refined over time with public availability anticipated in the next 12 months.
Swedish furniture major Ikea is also phasing out single use plastic from its stores and restaurants. The use of plastics has increase 20-fold over the last half of the century, and that number is only expected to get higher. Steel and iron are recycled at a rate of about 88 percent, according to AZo CleanTech, and paper products are nearly up to 60 percent, but for plastics, the recycling rate is still down around 14 percent.