Back in 2015, Adidas unveiled a concept for a 3D-printed shoe that’s made from recycled ocean garbage. If you were wondering when you might be able to get your hands on a pair of these shoes, you’re in luck: Adidas will release the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley for sale in the next couple of weeks with an initial run of 7,000 pairs and a price tag of $220.
The shoes were made in conjunction with Parley for the Oceans, which is an environmental organization that’s working to spread awareness about ocean pollution.
While the original concept shoes were 3D-printed, the Uncaged Parley will be manufactured using traditional mass production methods. However, Adidas still plans on using recycled plastics and other oceanic waste as the primary manufacturing material. In fact, just one pair of shoes will feature waste sourced from 11 plastic bottles.
For now, the shoes will be available in limited amounts, but if they sell well Adidas aims to extend the concept into their other products:
“We will make one million pairs of shoes using Parley Ocean Plastic in 2017 – and our ultimate ambition is to eliminate virgin plastic from our supply chain,” said Adidas exec Eric Liedtke in a press statement.
You can sign up on the Adidas website for information on the exact release date when it becomes available.
(via The Verge)