The Free Hiker 2 from Adidas has all the cool performance features buyers want in an athletic shoe, plus all the great looks and styles you could want. But these shoes are made with ocean plastic, and they stand strong as an example of how even the biggest brands can begin to change the world for the better.
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The Free Hiker 2 is part of the Adidas TERREX range, which is made for high performance and comfort on all terrains in all weather conditions. It comes as no surprise, this shoe is the latest iteration of the original Free Hiker. It also comes in a variety of colors.
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The company’s goal is to completely stop plastic waste, which is a rather high ambition. Around the world, plastic is being replaced with other, more environmentally friendly materials in many products. That includes this shoe from Adidas.
A strong commitment to ending plastic pollution is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, plastic pollution has found its way to every corner of the Earth. In addition, it can be found on top of Mount Everest and at the bottom of the deepest trenches in the ocean.
Plastic is not biodegradable. In other words, it doesn’t go away or break over time. Single-use plastic, that which is used once and then thrown away, makes up 50% of all plastic produced.
When big companies like Adidas solve this problem, it’s good for everyone. The Free Hiker 2 shows that shoes can have all the features, but not all the plastic that makes consumer products such a problem. This shoe features a weather-resistant membrane, a molded toe cap, a great grippy tread and a comfortable, performance-enhancing fit that hugs and molds to the foot in a sock-like fit. These shoes are made to return energy with every step and to handle multiple types of terrain.
In short, they are everything a good pair of hiking boots should be. Meanwhile, the upper part of the shoe is made with a special yarn. The special thing about this yarn is that it consists of 50% Parley Ocean Plastic.
In addition, Parley for the Oceans is a platform where innovators can find ways to deal with plastic and ocean pollution.
Designs like this one from Adidas show how the world’s biggest companies can help solve the world’s biggest problems.
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