Innovating Sustainably

We have a responsibility to ensure that all athletes* can train, live and thrive for generations to come. We develop sustainable products and innovate new materials because we’re dedicated to finding ways to solve today’s problems for a better tomorrow with zero compromises for sustainability, style and performance. Nike's collaboration with Steven Harrington to create the Flyleather Earth Day Pack, made with at least 50% recycled leather fiber, is a testament to our zero compromise approach.

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Guiding the Future of Design

It’s a simple question with a complex answer: how can our product be recycled at the end of use? We understand that limited resources demand a transition to a circular economy, a world in which materials can be used and reused at their highest potential—and that’s why we created a Circular Design Guide.


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Our Focus

We are always innovating. Not only what we make, but how we make it. Pushing the limits of our business is how we come up with new ways to solve today's problems. We’re focused on sustainable innovation across our value chain.
Materials Innovation
Sustainable Products
Product Creation Tools

Materials Innovation

Nike’s history of innovation came with some amazing feats of forward thinking. New innovation and methods are changing the world of sustainable performance.

Our Approach to Sustainable Products

We obsess over what goes into our products so you can feel great putting them on. Taking a zero compromise approach, we look at how each material is grown, harvested, and processed.

Goals & Impact

We’ve set ambitious targets and measure our progress as we go.
Nike has been recognized as using the most recycled polyester in the industry for the sixth straight year by Textile Exchange’s 2018 Preferred Fiber & Materials Market Report.
Plastic bottles were transformed into recycled polyester footwear and apparel and diverted from landfills since 2010.
Nike-branded footwear and apparel contained some recycled materials.

Product Creation Tools

We use more than 16,000 materials in our products each year, and a single pair of shoes may contain up to 30 materials. We use product and materials scoring tools and indices that give our product creation teams the information they need to make better decisions about the materials they use and the processes they adopt.
If we can change how we make shoes, maybe we can change how we make everything.
Noah, Nike Designer


To learn more, download our FY18 Impact Report and check out the information below.