Nike Flyknit Audit

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SUMMARY

  • The additive manufacting process used to create the Flyknit is an update on existing knitting processes such that more complex shapes (a shoe upper) with multiple patterns, yarn materials, and constructions such as loops, holes and hardware can be constructed.
  • The push to reduce water use has also inspired green technology innovation. For example, many factories have developed and implemented mid-sole washing processes that recycle and extend the life of water through a three-step filtration process.
  • The Flyknit process saves material because there are virtually no scraps to cut off in this additive design. Nike further lowered the environmental impact of the Flyknit Lunar1 + by using water-based glue on components of the shoe and laces made with 100 percent recycled polyester.
  • We also work with organizations to advance innovation. Recent examples include the following:
    • DyeCoo – Since 2012, we have worked with this Netherlands-based company to advance waterless textile dyeing. (See infographic.)
    • bluesign® – In FY13, we established a strategic relationship with this Swiss firm to provide our suppliers with access to extensive information about more sustainable materials and chemistries. (See Increasing Use of Environmentally Preferred Chemistries.)
    • LAUNCH – NIKE co-founded LAUNCH, a strategic collaboration between NASA, NIKE, the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2010 to identify and support visionaries whose ideas, technologies and programs have the potential to create a better world.
    • Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC) – Together with Coca-Cola Company, Ford • Motor company, H.J. Heinz Company and Procter & Gamble, NIKE, Inc. formed the PTC in 2012 as a strategic working group focused on accelerating the developmentand use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber. PET, also known as polyethylene terephthalate, is a durable, lightweight plastic that is used by all member companies in a variety of products and materials including plastic bottles, apparel, footwear and automotive fabric and carpet

OVERALL SUSTAINABLE RATING

Sustainability summary from RankABrand.org 

Based on our sustainability criteria, Nike has achieved the D-label. According to us, Nike is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed. Nike has taken several policies to reduce the CO2 emission in the supply chain. Nike also works closely with the Fair Labor Association to improve the labor conditions. The company can still improve its sustainability reporting, by for example publishing the figures on the use of sustainable fibers. 

Brand owner: Nike Inc.

Head office: Beaverton, Oregon USA

Sector: Sport & outdoor – clothing & shoes

Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby

Free Tags: NikeInc, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Jackets, Dress, Shoes, Boots

MY RATING

3.5/5

It is difficult to try to fix everything within the company to make a product more sustainable especially when a lot of it has to do with the raw materials. Overall, Nike is doing a great job putting in effort to make their products/company more sustainable.

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Contributed by: Jasmine So

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