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Reebok Launches Bioplastic Shoe

Sportswear brand Reebok launches its first shoe with a bioplastics sole.

This is part of Reebok’s sustainability initiative called “Cotton + Corn” launched last year. This type of initiative is called  “eco footwear”.

75 % of the shoe is made with bio-based content. The sole is made from corn, the insole from castor bean oil and the upper shoe is 100 % cotton. The bioplastics sole is an alternative to petroleum-based rubber and foam soles that are usually used in footwear.

The sole is made from a 100% biobased material trademarked Susterra propanediol and produced by DuPont Tate & Lyle’s. The material is entirely petroleum-free and non-toxic.

The advantages of Susterra propanediol:

  • Pure
  • Petroleum-free
  • Non-toxic and food safe
  • 100% sustainably and renewably sourced
  • USDA 100% certified bio-based product

20 billion pairs of shoes are made every year, and 300 million end up in landfills. Reebok is fully owned by German sport manufacturer Adidas

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CLOSING REMARKS

  • This is the future of shoes …biobased soles.
  • Ladies and Gentleman of the bioplastics industry, it’s time to buy yourself a nice pair of sneakers.
  • Congratulation to the Germans. What would the bioplastics industry be without ze Germans !!! Dankeschön

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