Woven from Biosteel fiber, a material designed to mimic spider silk by German biotech company AMSilk, Adidas is set to release later this year, its fully-biodegradable material version for its Futurecraft running trainer.
The news circulates since last year, yet 2017 seems the year for the official launch of this sustainable Futurecraft sneaker. Besides being 100% naturally biodegradable, this Biosteel fiber is lighter than other synthetic materials and is reportedly quite strong (as been modeled on silk). Moreover, AMSilk‘s Biosteel should easily be broken down in 36 hours with the addition of an enzyme.
The shoes represent a deliberate step towards a human-created material that can return to the biosphere at the end of use, and a move beyond simply increasing the number of recycled materials used. The performance characteristics of Futurecraft in Biosteel are stated to be equivalent to the conventional material version running trainers.
Only unveiled as a prototype, the material was inspired by spider silk, and designed with using biomimicry as a methodology. The Biosteel is created by fermenting natural carbon sources and converting them into a white powder, and AMSilk has already deployed the material in utilisations for beauty and medical products, including surgical meshes and implants.
source: Circulate News