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Adidas and Allbirds are teaming up to create a shoe with zero carbon footprint


allbirds-adidas-voguebus-david-m-benett-dave-benett-getty-images-noam-galai-getty-images-may-socialAdidas sports giant and Allbirds niche footwear disruptor are teaming up to create a high performance shoe with the lowest carbon footprint ever. The two brands will explore innovations throughout their entire supply chains in order to develop a product to be launched in 2021.

The collaborative project wants to accelerate solutions to reduce the 700m metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted by the footwear industry annually. And it will focus on all aspects of footwear production from manufacturing to the supply chain, exploring renewable material resources. Currently, the average running shoe has a carbon footprint of approximately 13.6 kg CO2, the two firms said.

And they also emphasised that they wouldn’t compromise on performance, a sensible move given that a sustainable shoe that really sells needs to be one that both athletes and other consumers can wear in the same way they would less sustainable options. It accepts that consumers won’t necessarily buy something that is very planet-friendly but doesn’t do the job as well as a more polluting product does.

As part of all this, both will open the doors to the sustainable innovation suite of each other and unlock the ability to create a new business standard in the battle against climate change.