The global sportswear maker said on Monday that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024.
The assurance to eliminate the use of fresh plastic, which was first reported by the Financial Times, includes polyester. This recycled plastic will be used in everything from t-shirts to sports bras. This is the most popular material in sportswear because it dries quickly and weighs less.
Adidas added that they will stop using fresh plastic in its offices, distribution centers, warehouses, and outlets, this will save more than 40 tons of plastic every year. Adidas also added that in the spring and summer of 2019 their apparel line will contain about 41% recycled polyester.
The German company said that they are expecting the sale of Parley shoes will expand. These shoes are made of plastic waste that has been collected before it reaches the ocean. Its still a small share of its global sale, Adidas expects purchases to jump to 5 million pairs this year compared to 1 million in 2017.
The global use of plastic has increased over the past 50 years, which is expected to double in the next 20 years. The material is flexible and cheap, but the consumers are aware of its huge environmental costs.
Research shows that if we dont recycle plastic and let it waste in the ocean than there will be more plastic than fish by weight by 2050.
Global research shows that only 14% of plastic is collected for recycling from the ocean. While compared to other materials these reuse rates are terrible because 58% of paper and 90% of steel is recycled.