In 2009, the adidas Group participated in a study by the University of Utrecht, examining the environmental profile of recycled polyester.
Measuring indicators like the GWP (Global Warming Potential) or NREU (Non-Renewable Energy Use) when producing the fibre, the study proves significant sustainability advantages of recycled polyester compared to virgin polyester or other fibres like viscose.
Polyester, notedly known for its low water absorption as well as tear-strength, crease-resistancy and weatherproofness is one of the preferred fibres used for athletic apparel and is therefore one of the most widely used materials for products made by the adidas Group.
The adidas Group, widely acknowledged for its sustainability efforts and a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten years now, was even named “Global Supersector Leader 2008 and 2009”. As part of the adidas Group’s efforts to enhance its environmental performance, the company provided extensive basic data and information for the study, most of which was collected among the adidas Group’s suppliers. In future, the adidas Group will incorporate the results of the study into its sourcing activities and can base decisions even more on the sustainability aspect of its products.
For more information on our sustainability programs, please visit www.adidas-Group.com/sustainability.