Member Brief: Allbirds and Adidas

As the athleisure, performance professional, and streetwear-driven formats of technical apparel design continues to expand, so does the world’s harvesting of synthetic fabrics to facilitate these designs. The shift from organic fabrics to their synthetic counterparts bears much of the responsibility for its growing environmental impact. The footwear industry exceeds 700 metric tons of CO2 each year. According to experts, each Adidas shoe contributes 11.3 to 16.7 kilograms of CO2 for each pair of shoes manufactured.

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