As avid sneakerheads, we’re always thinking about what’s on our feet. However, now more than ever before, we’re also starting to think about the carbon footprint we’re leaving behind. Shoes built with recycled materials have become much more than just a footwear fad – they’re now a major focus for some of the world’s biggest brands, with Nike once again at the forefront. And while the shift towards increased sustainability is working to reduce the impacts of global warming, that doesn’t mean Team Swoosh is compromising when it comes to putting heat on your feet.


Transforming trash into source materials for sneakers is one of the biggest ways brands can reduce waste and lower their global carbon footprint, and Nike are doing just that with Move to Zero. Launched in 2019, the campaign encapsulates the brand’s zero-waste aspirations, championing five key initiatives to get there:

1. Powering owned-and-operated facilities with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.

2. Reducing carbon emissions across their global supply chain by 30 per cent by 2030, in-line with the Paris Agreement of 2015.

3. Diverting 99 per cent of all footwear manufacturing waste from landfills.

4. Diverting more than one billion plastic bottles per year from landfills to create yarns for new jerseys and uppers for Flyknit shoes.

5. Using the Reuse-A-Shoe and Nike Grind programs to convert waste into new products, playgrounds, running tracks, and courts.

1. Powering owned-and-operated facilities with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.

2. Reducing carbon emissions across their global supply chain by 30 per cent by 2030, in-line with the Paris Agreement of 2015.

3. Diverting 99 per cent of all footwear manufacturing waste from landfills.

4. Diverting more than one billion plastic bottles per year from landfills to create yarns for new jerseys and uppers for Flyknit shoes.

5. Using the Reuse-A-Shoe and Nike Grind programs to convert waste into new products, playgrounds, running tracks, and courts.

Released earlier this year, Nike’s Space Hippie collection spearheaded the Move to Zero mantra, coming through with sneakers that left the brand’s lowest carbon footprint yet. With recycled materials at their core, each Space Hippie silhouette contains 25-50 per cent recycled trash! Inspired by the idea of life on Mars (because who’d want to live on a planet with extreme global warming, anyways?), the Crater-foamed creations make use of scraps sourced from yarn waste, t-shirts, and recyclable plastic water bottles.

‘Our goal is to always make athletes better, but also make the world better for athletes,’ explains Seana Hannah, Nike’s Vice President of Sustainable Innovation.

‘Nike is a big company, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to combat climate change… There’s no doubt designers can have a huge impact by reducing our total carbon footprint, and the level of waste we produce.’

‘Our goal is to always make athletes better, but also make the world better for athletes,’ explains Seana Hannah, Nike’s Vice President of Sustainable Innovation.

‘Nike is a big company, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to combat climate change… There’s no doubt designers can have a huge impact by reducing our total carbon footprint, and the level of waste we produce.’

Vibing off the success of Space Hippie, the all-new ‘Recycled Canvas’ collection brings Nike’s latest sustainable innovations to their most iconic silhouettes. As the moniker suggests, each pair comes with an upper constructed entirely of recycled canvas, elevated further with eco-friendly Flyleather Swooshes and heel tabs, each made from 50 per cent recycled natural leather fibres. Additionally, the tongues and shoe strings also use recycled materials.

The pack sees two anniversary models – the Air Max 95 and Air Max 90 – join the Daybreak Type, Cortez, and two Air Force 1 colourways. Blessed with seriously wearable grey uppers, each model is elevated with subtle contrasting accents for a classy yet understated aesthetic. Additionally, the Daybreak and Cortez level things up in the sustainability stakes by sitting on out-of-this-world Crater Foam soles.

The Move to Zero is in full swing! You can shop the entire ‘Recycled Canvas’ collection at HYPE DC now.

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