Adidas has been setting the scene for all things natural in the sneaker industry. When the UltraBoost Uncaged Parleys debuted earlier this month, the company portrayed its commitment to cutting out the use of petroleum and other fossil fuels from their manufacturing processes. “In a year of ground-breaking innovations from Adidas, the announcement of our partnership with AMSilk—and the unveiling of the Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe—is another step in our commitment to redefining the sports industry,” James Carnes, Adidas’ Vice President of strategy creations, claimed. As the latest line of sneakers turned landfill into footwear, Adidas wished to skip the plastic/garbage recycling, and make use of a form of synthetic spider silk called Biosteel.
Biosteel is a material that comes from a German company called AMSilk. Reports state that it is made in labs where genetically modified bacteria are spun into thread with highly malleable strength. These bacterial materials derive from the same proteins that spiders use to produce silk naturally, only stronger. Adidas has unveiled the new trend of these artificial spider silk footwear. The company is now calling the new innovation Futurecraft Biofabric, where each sneaker is now designed eco-friendly and estimated to last over two years of hard use. Because the sneakers are made of biological materials, the new Biofabric can also be broken down with a specially designed enzyme. This enzyme would come in a packet as a solution, holding the power to safely dissolve the shoes in your home kitchen sink. The new sneaker is under prototype staging presently, but the company hopes to have them launched sometime next year.