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Source: Nike

Nike Turns Wasted Leather Into Eco-Friendly 'Flyleather' Shoes

By Brian Spaen

People in the textile industry are becoming more aware of the waste they create and are looking toward methods to recycle it. Nike, the famous athletic apparel company, can end up wasting nearly a third of cow’s hide material when creating leather for their shoes. To trim the waste, the company is recycling the product into a different kind of leather.

In a collaboration with E-Leather from the United Kingdom, Nike has created shoes made of a new Flyleather material. Around half of it comes from the discarded cowhide that’s turned into fiber. That is mixed in with synthetic fibers and it’s fused together with a high-powered water process -- the liquid comes out so strong it morphs the two into the Flyleather material.

E-Leather has done a similar process to create seat covers for the transportation industry over in the UK. Since the company began the process in 2007, they’ve been able to save over 5,700 tons of traditional leather from being wasted -- exactly zero of their waste has gone to the landfills -- and 95 percent of the water used is recycled.