Nike Surges Ahead Through Adoption of Eco-friendly Technology

Nike is all into eco-friendliness these days and their new Flyknit line of products are an outcome of that motive. Nike is famous all over the world for their sports products and the giants want their products to be eco-friendly as possible too. Nike’s Flyknit Racer and Flyknit Trainer models have been manufactured using a process that minimizes waste by using special yarns creating a form-fitting upper without the need for a number of materials and cuts.

Flyknit is precisely engineered material with varying yarn densities and knit structures that create a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper. The material offers precise support, flexibility and breathability all in one layer.

This technology eliminates the need for overlays as it is the major source of added weight in a shoe’s upper. Additional weight savings are seen in the knit fabric itself, which is extremely lightweight but tested extensively to be durable over the shoe’s lifespan.

Flyknit technology will be on the feet of many elite runners this Spring and Summer. The Flyknit Racer was worn by several competitors at January’s Olympic Marathon Trials, including Dathan Ritzenhein and Mo Trafeh. It is likely to be the marathon shoe of choice for runners from the US, Kenya, Great Britain, Russia and other countries in London this summer.

An improved environmental profile comes from reduced waste and using less material when constructing the upper. Nike claims that construction of the upper only produces a few pieces of string as a waste product.

Nike has also developed Hyper Elite basketball shorts as well as Pro TurboSpeed track and field uniform that are also outcomes of the firm’s rigorous efforts to achieve the goal of ecofriendliness.


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