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Nike's New Space Hippie Models Use Recycled Materials

"Designers have a right and responsibility in problem-solving"
Image via: Nike

Image via: Nike

Nike has introduced the Space Hippie lineup to the world which explores and breaks the limits of using recycled materials and circular design process.

Chosen with consideration for environmental impact, Nike took "space junk" off its factory floors to create the sneakers and packing of the Space Hippie 01, 02, 03 and 04. Specific design materials include "Space Waste Yarn" which is engineered from 100% recycled materials like plastic bottles, tees and yarn scraps; recycled ZoomX foam created from Vaporfly 4% scraps; and "Crater Foam" made from a blend of regular Nike foams and 15% Nike Grind Rubber. In its press release, Nike says "Space Hippie embodies the idea that designers have a right and responsibility in problem-solving."

Nike Chief Design Officer John Hoke commented:

"Space Hippie product presents itself as an artifact from the future. It's avant garde; it's rebelliously optimistic. Space Hippie is also an idea. It is about figuring out how to make the most with the least material, the least energy and the least carbon. It's changed the way we look at materials, it's changed the way that we look at the aesthetics of our product. It's changed how we approach putting product together."

Seana Hannah, the VP of Sustainable Innovation adds:

"We believe the future for product will be circular. We must think about the entire process: how we design it, how we make it, how we use it, how we reuse it and how we cut out waste at every step. These are the fundamentals of a circular mindset that inform best practices."

The first images for the first four sneakers in the Space Hippie collection are below. Expect a spring release for Nike members via SNKRS, SNEAKERS and House of Innovation stores. Check out Engineered Garments Fall 2020 lookbook which has pieces that would go great with these sneakers.