ISPA Link - Black/Enigma Stone-Medium Olive
Fans of the Swoosh know the Nike can design a covetable shoe. What takes that feat to the next level: designing one that’s built to perform then be taken apart and recycled.
This season, Nike’s ISPA team considered the circular design principle of ‘disassembly’, or the ability to easily take a product apart to recycle its contents, one of the more challenging principles to implement in footwear design. A good shoe is flexible and durable. Traditionally, designers use glue and other bonding elements to achieve these aims, but that makes a shoe nearly impossible to disassemble and recycle. Recycling shoes usually requires shredding, an energy-intensive process that limits how the recycled materials can be used. Creating a shoe that can be taken apart would reduce the carbon footprint of the product and open up new possibilities for its life cycle.
The ISPA team tackled the disassembly challenge. ‘Designed in partnership with engineering, digital product creation and development, these shoes are completely informed by method of make where form follows function, something that will continue to evolve into the future.
- Nike ISPA Link - Black/Enigma Stone-Medium Olive
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