Did You Know Salomon Running Shoes Can Be Recycled Into Ski Boots?
Salomon is trying to make shoes more sustainable.
The outdoor clothing and footwear brand, Salomon, makes millions of shoes every year and knowing that they have a limited life cycle by design, they want to do something to counter them eventually ending up in landfills.
In 2017, the US produced over 12 million tons of clothing and footwear waste, with only around 13.5% of that being recycled.
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Ordinarily, shoes are made of various different materials such as rubber, leather, and plastic, which makes them difficult to recycle. Salomon has developed a process that it hopes will help solve this problem: turning a used shoe into a new ski-boot shell. The key to Salomon’s new shoe is that it’s made entirely out of one material: TPU, or thermoplastic polyurethane. TPU is a type of plastic that’s light but durable and can be reshaped when heated, meaning it’s naturally well suited for manufacturing.
The company’s new concept shoe is made entirely out of one material, TPU.
So, instead of throwing away old shoes, customers can return them to Salomon, who will then clean the shoe and grind it down into small particles and combine with new TPU to form a brand new ski boot shell.
In fact, Salomon says it will use 20% to 50% recycled TPU in each ski boot and eventually hopes to collect and recycle the ski-boot shell as well.
Salomon wants 70% of its waste to be recycled or reused by 2025. With the company also pledging to stop using perfluorinated chemicals by 2023. PFCs are used in durable water repellent finishes, which are common in outdoor clothing but can be harmful to both humans and animals. All these changes bring us a little closer to a more sustainable future.