The Hong Kong Marathon went off without a hitch this Sunday, and professional and amateur runners alike all wore their highest performance kit to go the distance, the most important being their trainers.
Current trainer designs rely on using materials like rubber or foam because they are light and can create a comfortable shoe. However, the uncomfortable truth is that many of these shoes require new materials and will eventually contribute to the vast amount of waste that cannot decompose.
To address these concerns, more brands are creating performance and casual trainers with recycled and eco-friendly materials, and here are five companies taking that step in a greener direction.
The newest Reclypse trainers from Stella McCartney’s autumn/winter 2021 collection are 100 per cent vegan. Every part of this shoe uses different renewable materials: the upper is made from recycled polyester, the platform sole contains plant-based materials, and the lining is Econyl-regenerated nylon sourced from waste like carpets and fishing nets.
Available in four colourways, the Reclypse is another addition to McCartney’s cruelty-free footwear, which include the Elyse platform shoe that utilises a sustainable wooden sole, and the Loop sneaker which is fully recyclable.
Get them here.