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Nike’s new VaporMax is made from 50 per cent recycled materials

WORDS BY ROSANNA WATTS

When sustainability meets innovation.

Recently Nike’s been making some serious headway on its Move to Zero journey, which includes its goals to create a zero-carbon and zero-waste future. Its latest leap forward is the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2020. As the brand’s most sustainable shoe to date, the Flyknit is made using at least 50 per cent recycled content by weight. 

When it comes to aesthetics, the use of diverse upcycled and recycled materials means every Nike Air VaporMax sports a one-off colour pattern. But each is equally vibrant and features both raw and sustainable design elements. 

The first full-length VaporMax Air unit is made with about 75 per cent recycled material, which creates a lower profile than previous VaporMax designs. The exterior features a recycled Flyknit Yarn made of 67 per cent post-industrial recycled content by weight. It’s what gives each shoe its unique rainbow houndstooth-like detailing. The shoe is finished using a recycled TPU (hard plastic) on the toe tip and heel clip, adding a painterly colour-swirl effect.

Functionality was also key in the designing of the new VaporMax. Which is why it features the Nike FlyEase – a single-handed lock and release mechanism that instantly secures the shoe. 

The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2020 is available Australia wide for $290. You can secure a pair here

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