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NRG's Sneaker Is Made From Repurposed CO2

The shoe without a footprint
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Image via: Cool Hunting

Image via: Cool Hunting

Last year the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition was initiated, with entrants submitting proposals outlining how carbon emissions can be converted into something useful. The winning concept would end up taking the form of the NRG sneaker, featuring captured CO2 in the sneaker's foam build. The CO2, which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere, is mixed with a proprietary catalyst to create a tactile "foam" just two hours later. Once the technology was perfected, NRG brought on engineer and inventor Marcel Botha, along with shoe designer D'Wayne Edwards (formerly of Jordan Brand and founder of the Pensole Footwear Academy) to develop the prototype. Watch the video below to learn more.