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New Balance Makes Plastic Bottle Sneakers

New Balance Makes Plastic Bottle Sneakers

Find your local recycling solution for shoes Builders and manufacturers have been doing some pretty cool things with plastic bottles lately. Here’s one more to add to the list. New Balance announced the launch of a line of sneakers made from 95 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The design of the newSKY shoe replaces foam, leather and virgin plastic with a fleece-like material made from recycled PET. Plastic bottles are chopped up into flakes, heated and molded into fiber to create the strong and versatile material, known commercially as Eco-fi . It takes about 12 bottles to produce one pound of fiber and eight bottles to make each newSKY shoe, according to the company. Designers at New Balance embraced the new material for its eco benefits but struggled initially to create a stylish and comfortable shoe made from bottles. READ: How to Recycle Your Unwearable ...

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