If you aren’t aware of the gigantic problem of plastic pollution in Earth’s oceans, well, congratulations on your low media consumption but it’s time to emerge from that rock you’re living beneath. According to the World Economic Forum, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. Before you get paralyzed by feelings of hopelessness though, know that are groups actively working to tackle the issue, including Adidas. The company just revealed a great-looking trail running shoe called the Terrex Two Parley, which has a secret ingredient: ocean plastic.
The new Terrex Two serves as a continuation of the brand’s collaboration with Parley, a company dedicated to ocean restoration. It also proves an important point: products made with recycled materials don’t have to be inferior in function or aesthetics — the Terrex Two Parley nails both. The shoe’s knit upper is light and contours around the foot, making it exceptionally comfortable, and its outsole is grippy Continental rubber.
On top of that, these elements look great. The upper includes yarn made from recycled plastic that’s collected from beaches and coastal towns before it winds up in the water. The material gives it a unique speckled look (the outsole has multi-colored rubber to match). As more brands begin to integrate recycled and sustainably sourced materials into their products, it’s important for them to realize consumers expect quality and style to remain on a high plane. Adidas and Parley clearly understand that as the Terrex Two is one of the best-looking trail running shoes we’ve seen yet.
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