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Materials

We consider the environmental impact of the materials we use and support the use of recycled or sustainable materials.

Based on a life cycle approach, we take several factors into account when we evaluate the sustainability of materials, such as land use, elimination of hazardous substances, animal welfare, energy consumption and water consumption.

Sustainable and Recycled Materials we use

The most commonly used sustainable materials we use are “Better Cotton”, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, recycled rubber, algae-based EVA, TENCEL, water-based polyurethane (PU), and recycled thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). 

We source various recycled materials such as inlay soles, textiles, metals, plastics, packaging and rubber. The companies we work with that make injected plastic plates for football boots are now recycling waste back into production. And they have also been able to increase the percentage of rubber and EVA that can be reground and reused in shoes. 






Materials we do not use

In 1998, adidas first produced its restricted substances list and nearly as long since we stopped using PVC in mainstream applications. As of 2017 more than 99% of our products are free of PFC. Our material guidelines are updated twice a year for each new season. So things have come a long way in that time. And the key to more success in the future is closer collaboration with other brands and suppliers.

adidas does not source raw materials from any endangered or threatened species, as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in its red list. Our policy also prohibits using leathers from animals that have been inhumanely treated, whether these animals are wild or farmed. We do not tolerate animal testing for new product or material developments. And, where necessary, we ask for written confirmation from our licensees, in particular for the cosmetics business, that they strictly adhere to our requirements.

Click here to download our 'A-01' policy for restricted substances.




MICROFIBERS

Synthetic fibers are widely used in our industry due to their unique performance properties such as softness to the touch, elasticity, light weight, high durability and superior moisture management. Recent studies, however, show that synthetic fibers can contribute to environmental pollution, particularly through the release of microfibers into the environment and the associated risk of water contamination.


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