Earlier this year, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans teamed up to create a shoe made of deep-sea gill nets and other waste found in the ocean. It was a pretty rad looking shoe from the German sportswear brand that I could have imagined Aquaman wearing to the gym, or for a beach clean up (I don’t really remember Aquaman having any cool powers that made any sense other than thinking he just did beach clean ups with his free time). The nets themselves were collected by Sea Shepherd, who had spent over 100 days tracking and chasing illegal poaching vessels off the coast of West Africa. So long story short, these were badass shoes.
Adidas and Parley for the Oceans decided to give it one more go, adding in the little twist of producing this prototype with 3D-printing. The prototype was a project the partners carried out for COP21 in Paris to demonstrate how the entire industry can rethink design and help stop ocean plastic pollution.