Sustainable Materials Principles

We Aim to Use the Best Possible Version of Every Material

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 in preparation for you.


We work hard to:

  • Source raw materials we’re proud of.
  • Use materials made with only the resources required and no more.
  • Use materials that are sourced responsibly and sustainably.


We are improving our environmental impact by stewarding where our largest volume materials come from through Nike’s Sustainable Materials Principles.


We are focused on reducing our impact by prioritizing more sustainable options under each of our three material categories:

  • Grown: Materials originating from a plant or other bio-based source
  • Derived: Materials originating from a synthetic base
  • Raised: Materials originating from an animal

When sourcing Grown materials we prioritize three key considerations:

  • Responsible land use: We value protecting ancient and endangered forests and species, renewable sources, integrated pest management and practices which do not displace food markets.
  • Responsible water use: We value water efficiency and using less water.
  • Responsible farming: We value responsible farming practices, safe environments, and better livelihoods. We believe in both raising the bar and helping farmers get there through training and education.


Examples of Grown materials we use in our products:

  • Sustainable Cotton: Materials made from cotton fiber. Available in organic, recycled, BCI (Better Cotton Initiative). Commonly used in textiles for apparel, footwear and home goods.
  • Wood-pulp: Raw material made from wood. Commonly used in paper and packaging.
  • Natural Rubber: Natural rubber, also called India Rubber or caoutchouc, is an elastomer (an elastic hydrocarbon polymer) that was originally derived from latex, a milky colloid produced by some plants.

When sourcing Derived materials we prioritize three key considerations:

  • Responsible resource use: We strive to diversifying away from constrained resources through innovation and alternative sources.
  • Responsible chemistry
  • Responsible manufacturing: We believe in strategic partnerships with our vendors, creating safe environments through training and education.


Examples of Derived materials we use in our products:

  • Polyester: A fabric made from petroleum-based fibers. It resists abrasion and absorption. Commonly used to make textiles for apparel, footwear upper materials, equipment, hats, blankets, and upholstered furniture.
  • EVA: Foam rubber is the soft yet durable polymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate. Commonly used in apparel and footwear midsoles for padding and shock absorption.
  • Flyleather: An engineered leather material that looks, feels and smells like natural leather, made by binding at least 50% reclaimed leather fibers together in an innovative, environmentally sustainable water-powered process.

When sourcing Raised materials we prioritize two key considerations:

  • Responsible materials use: Use less of these materials through innovation, recycling and efficiency improvements.
  • Responsible farming: We encourage and reward vendors for meeting standards (wool, down) and caring about animal welfare.


Examples of Raised materials we use in our products:

  • Wool: Fabric woven from the curly hair of sheep and other animals. Commonly used for sweaters, base layers, blankets and hats.
  • Down: Fine, soft, underlying feathers collected from young birds or certain breeds of adult birds. Commonly used for insulation within apparel, sports, outdoor footwear, recreation and home goods.
  • Leather: Leather made from tanned hides. Commonly used in shoe upper materials, belts, jackets, and in the automotive industry.