Converse's new shoes are made from used plastic

Converse's new shoes are made from used plastic

Earlier this year, Adidas announced they'd be working with Parley for the Oceans to address ocean plastic pollution. Their part in the initiative was to pledge to make 11 million shoes made from upcycled plastic waste found on beaches.

They've already produced five million shoes from the same process last year, but in 2019 they hoped to double their effort in the aim to use 100 per cent recycled polyester in all apparel by 2024.

In addition to this, they signed the Climate Protection Charter for the Fashion Industry. The charter, which was launched in Poland last year, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

But they're not the only company looking to make their footwear range more environmentally-friendly. If you're not looking to buy a pair of Adidas trainers, you can still get in on the zero-waste action by getting a pair of Converse's new shoes, made from used plastic bottles that otherwise pollute the oceans and congest landfill sites.

Their 'Renew Initiative' uses post-consumer and post-industrial waste to create a new lineup, including all-new Chuck Taylor All Stars and Chuck 70s. This range are made from used plastic bottles, but still reportedly maintain the same canvas feel of the iconic shoe.

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Using 100 per cent recycled polyester from plastic bottles to create the uppers of the shoes, and polyester laces to boot, the shoes are also crafted using a new PET yarn to mimic the cotton canvas of the original shoe.

The colours available later this summer will be 'Ozone Blue,' 'Moss Green,' 'Pale Putty,' 'Black,' 'Wheat,' and 'Jade Stone', so there's plenty to try out in the new range.

converse shoes recycled plastic Credit: Converse

Prices for the upcoming shoes range from around $60 US to $85, and $30 to $40 for youth sizing.

The new brand is to be available on the Converse online store, launching globally on July 5.