Sustainable Materials Approach


We obsess over what goes into our products so you can feel great putting them on. Nike uses the best possible materials and only the most sustainable version of each. We look at how the material is grown, harvested and processed in preparation for commercial use.


We work hard to:

  1. Source raw materials we’re proud of
  2. Use materials made with only the natural resources required and no more
  3. Only use materials that are sourced responsibly and sustainably


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

  • Grown
  • Derived
  • Raised

In addition to sourcing the best materials, we are focused on making the processing of our materials more efficient. We’re focused on three key processes:

  1. Material manufacturing
  2. Dyeing processes
  3. Finishing


The materials processing (dyeing) stage in our value chain uses a significant amount of water, energy and chemistry. We aim to efficiently manage water and energy through better color management, optimized dye methods and process standards, to unlock efficiency gains that enable us to get product to our consumers more quickly.

Our Approach

What our product is made from matters. That means only using the natural resources required, and sourcing them responsibly and sustainably.


Sustainability is a priority throughout the entirety of the product creation process, from the materials we source to the way our products are designed and manufactured. Designers and product developers see each of their designs scored on environmental impact and supplier practices, which means they’re constantly aiming for better and better scores.


We contract with the best material suppliers to ensure that our materials are sourced responsibly and sustainably. This means working side by side with suppliers in pursuit of transparency and sustainability practices, opting to amend or end supplier relationships that don’t meet our Code of Conduct standards. We raise the bar across the industry, founding and engaging in industry associations, driving initiatives, and constantly innovating and improving.

Industry Collaboration

We have taken a leadership role in the development of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg 3.0 Facility Environment Module and the development and proliferation of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation’s Wastewater Guidelines in addition to the continued evolution of the Leather Working Group for better tanning practices. Through these efforts, Nike aims to drive systemic change within water efficiency and wastewater treatment across our industry.