Since the mid-2010s, adidas has decided to ensure a greener planet and a better environment. They have partnered with Parley for the Oceans and also with Sean Wotherspoon to reduce plastic pollution and ensure usage of 100% recycled polyester in its products by 2024. Numerous projects targeting the issue are still under wraps and are slowly stepping into the limelight with the latest being the recently unveiled adidas Stan Smith Mylo. The upcoming Stan Smith Mylo has taken the German sportswear brand one step further to their goal of putting an end to plastic waste with Mycelium.
Apart from its naturality, Mycelium – “a sprawling, renewable interlaced web that threads through soil” – enables versatility not yet possible through some of the other eco-friendly approaches the brand has explored. For its debut, the Mylo material has opted for a subtle off-white tone even though it expands its reach to a variety of colors, finish and emboss.
All of which was made possible in a collaborative effort with biotechnology company Bolt Threads, Mylo’s life-cycle is as follows: Mycelium’s natural growing conditions are simulated in a lab; sawdust and other organic matter is mixed with the vegetative part of s fungus to scale up growth into an soft foam-resembling, interconnected network. Well-formed lattices are harvested, while leftover by-products are composted. The last two steps transform the supple material into paneling that simulates leather in terms of looks and feel and finally stitch the pieces thus forming the uppers of the shoe. Natural rubber outsoles further the cause without a compromise in terms of style.
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