I did some research on one of the biggest companies in the world, on how they are combating waste and how sustainable their textiles are. NIKE is perhaps the biggest I could think of.
Perhaps the greatest advance on Nike’s excursion to zero carbon and zero waste is in picking their materials since they represent over 70% of any item’s impression. By reusing existing plastics, yarns, and materials, they fundamentally lessen their emissions.
Nike Flyknit is a lightweight texture designed with a normal of 60% less waste than in customary footwear assembling. Each shoe produced using Flyknit contains 6-7 plastic bottles. Flyleather looks, feels, and smells like natural leather, made by binding at least 50% recycled leather fibers with synthetic fibers using a water-powered process. This makes less waste and an environmental change. Since 2008, all Nike Air soles are made out of 1/2 reused producing waste. As of 2020, all of Nike’s AirMI facilities in North America are powered by 100% renewable wind energy. Nike reuses over 90% of lost materials utilized for the Air soles to make new, creative cushioning frameworks. “Light on your feet. Light on waste.” is what Nike calls it. Their reused polyester is produced using plastic bottles which are cleaned, destroyed into drops, changed over into pellets, and afterward turned into a top notch yarn. In addition to reducing waste, recycled poly lowers carbon emissions by up to 30% compared to virgin poly, and diverts an average of 1 billion plastic bottles annually from landfills and waterways.
As of 2020, 100% of the cotton we use across our entire product line is certified organic, recycled, or Better Cotton sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative. Nike reuses more than 1.5 million pounds of cotton every year while really focusing on soil wellbeing and regular environments, without petroleum products, pesticides, or manufactured manures and keeping in mind that regarding the privileges of laborers and farmers. Their recycled nylon is transformed from a variety of materials, like carpet and used fish nets. The nylon is cleaned, sorted, and converted into flakes, all before undergoing a chemical or mechanical recycling process. The new recycled nylon yarn reduces their carbon emissions by up to 50% compared to virgin nylon.