Nike gives the boot to wasteful materials
Nike has unveiled its most eco-friendly football boot yet - optimised to reduce weight and waste, the GS is made from a mix of recycled and renewable materials.
The company says it is the lightest and fastest football boot it has developed so far, weighing 160 grams for a size 9.
Conceived and engineered in Italy, the Nike GS features a bio-based traction plate made primarily from castor beans, alongside a sock liner made from 100% castor beans.
The boot laces, lining and tongue are made from a minimum of 70% recycled materials. The toeboard and collar feature at least 15% recycled materials.
Due to be worn this summer, designers were challenged to create a new football boot stripped down to include only the essential elements that deliver lightweight performance and high speed control in game situations.
"The Nike GS is the lightest and fastest football boot we've ever made and really defines a new era in how we create, design and produce elite football boots," said Andy Caine, global design director for Nike Football.
"When you can deliver a boot that combines high end performance and a low environmental footprint that's a winning proposition for players and planet."