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Did You Know 75% Of All Nike Product Contains Recycled Material?

MediaInfoline May 17, 2018

Yarn, soles and basketball courts are a few examples of the many products Nike creates by transforming plastic bottles, manufacturing scraps and used product into new materials (such as Nike Grind) – emblematic of Nike’s 30-year commitment to holistic sustainability, which is detailed in the latest Sustainable Business Report. In fact, 75 percent of all Nike shoes and apparel now contain some recycled material.

Did you know?
No one uses more recycled polyester in the industry than Nike

Beyond reusing, Nike also manufactures some of its most iconic products in a sustainable way. In fact, Air is one of Nike’s most sustainable innovations.

Nike introduced the Air unit in 1979. Today, the technology consists of pressurized air (nitrogen) inside a tough, yet flexible bag (called a Nike Air sole unit) that sits in the midsole beneath the heel, forefoot or both to provide the sensation of walking or running on air. The limits of this technology are now being pushed by more sustainable materials, computational design and advanced manufacturing tools. The goals: make it lighter and stronger and minimize Nike’s impact by using more recycled materials.


  • A dye-coloring process for Air soles allows 99% of recoverable dye water to be recycled
  • All Air sole innovations designed since 2008 are composed of at least 50% recycled manufacturing waste.
  • Today, Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation facilities divert more than 95% of manufacturing waste from landfills – that’s 51 million pounds of materials (the equivalent of nearly 10 Olympic-size swimming pools) from May 2016 to 2017 alone.
  • The new Nike Air Max 270 Air sole boasts one of the largest, tallest, and most visible cushioning systems to date and contains more than 70% recycled manufacturing waste.
  • The VaporMax Air sole, which contains more than 75% recycled material, has allowed Nike to remove the need for a foam mid-sole.

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