Every year, 300 million tons of plastic are produced and only around 9% of it ever gets recycled. And, with islands of it floating around in the ocean, it’s become abundantly clear just how big the problem is. The folks at Oliver Cabell are trying to do their part, however, by turning that waste into stylish sneakers.
Appropriately called the Phoenix, this handsome footwear is actually made from used plastic water bottles that are cleaned, shredded, melted down, and pressed into a lightweight and durable yarn — which is then fed through 3D printer to create the sneakers’ uppers. Those uppers are mated to a comfortable and lightweight EVA sole, a cooling microfiber tongue, and an odor-reducing liner so good the brand says you don’t even need to wear socks. These stylish kicks are also machine washable, meaning you’ll get plenty of use out of them even after they’ve been scuffed up a bit. Available in black or white, you can get these eco-friendly sneakers for $95 a pair.