Adidas Creates Biodegradable Shoes Which Can Be Washed Down The Sink
Following their innovative Futurecraft Biofabric sneakers made entirely from recycled fishing nets, the Adidas sustainability journey continues with the sportswear giant now unveiling the worlds first performance shoe made from Biosteel® Fibre.
Developed by the German biotech company AMSilk, the Biosteel® Fibre is a nature-based and completely biodegradable high-performance fibre which replicates natural silk.
Adidas claims the “material offers a unique combination of properties that are crucial in performance, such as being 15% lighter in weight than conventional synthetic fibres as well as having the potential to be the strongest fully natural material available”.
Wary of buying a pair of shoes that might start to break down mid run?
The shoe is designed to break down using a water and a digestion enzyme called proteinase which will cause the protein-based yarn to decompose within 36 hours.
“This process is 100% natural,” an Adidas spokesperson told the news site. “The shoe would not dissolve if worn in rainy weather conditions, for example, as the presence of proteinase is all important to the process.”