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Ultraboost Shoe, 2016-ongoing

It was designed by adidas x Parley. It is dated 2016-ongoing. Its medium is prototype, running shoe (3), ground shoe, illegal fishing nets, stages of manufacturing: marine debris, pellet, flakes, spool of plastic thread, upholstery for benches. It is a part of the department.

Parley’s 3-pronged AIR strategy, Avoid—Intercept—Redesign, starts with the premise that plastic is a design failure and must be replaced. AIR is a call to action to deal with the saturation of plastic clogging the oceans. It is at the heart of Parley’s collaboration with global sports manufacturer adidas, who has taken up the challenge of redesigning shoes using existing marine plastic waste and, ultimately, shoes that can be recycled and remade without any additional materials.

It is credited Courtesy of adidas AG and Parley for the Oceans.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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