Gallery: IS IT GREEN?: Nike Zoom “Trash Talk” Sneakers

 

Typical “leather” footwear is nearly impossible to dispose of or recycle properly, is constructed using a combination of chromium-tanned leather and bonded, man-made materials and is usually manufactured in a developing country with substandard (or nonexistent) occupational health regulations. Cradle to Cradle authors and Inhabitat favorites William McDonough and Michael Braungart have even gone so far as to call mainstream footwear “hazardous waste” for the feet. Flying in the face of this perception is the Nike Zoom MVP Trash Talk All-Star Game Player Exclusive, a new shoe made from left-over Nike sneaker scraps – a.k.a. trash!

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  1. BJ March 6, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Because this is made from leftover non-recyclable toxic materials it’s suddenly green?

    What would companies like Nike do without Inhabitat to greenwash and gush over their products? You guys have reached a new low with this one!

  2. than March 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    It’s certainly a step in the right direction for large-scale industrial shoe manufacturing (no pun intended), but this story underscores the importance of the distinction between recycled and post-consumer products. It’s great that Nike is making more efficient use of their resources, but this shoe is still a ways off from a 100% post-consumer designation.

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