Your footwear and sports courts could be made from plastic bottles and ground-up shoes

Nike recently shared its FY 14/15 sustainability report that plots in detail the company’s commitment to a closed-loop product manufacturing process. In simpler terms, Nike’s been doing great things in the recycled materials department the past few years: through Nike Grind, one of the most profitable shoe makers in the world is creating premium recycled materials sourced from an assemblage of plastic bottles and worn-out shoes.

To be turned into Nike Grind material, a collected shoe has to be torn apart into one of three byproducts: rubber, fiber or foam. In the past five years, Nike has transformed more than 30 million pairs of kicks into sports surfaces found in gyms, playgrounds and more, used the world over from, from heaps of these three types of post-consumer “waste.”

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