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The NPC UK Cotton + Corn is the only footwear product on the market that has been certified as containing 75% USDA certified biobased content

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2018-08-27 16:26:00 – Boston

The Reebok Future team is Reebok’s innovation department devoted to creating new technologies, ideas, techniques and prototypes. For the Cotton + Corn initiative, Reebok partnered with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products which is a leading manufacturer of high-performance biobased solutions. DuPont Tate & Lyle has developed Susterra® propanediol, a pure, petroleum-free, non-toxic product that contains 100% USDA certified biobased content, derived from field corn.

Susterra® propanediol is used to create the sole of the NPC UK Cotton + Corn footwear.

Bill McInnis, Head of Reebok Future said that, “Most athletic footwear is made using petroleum to create synthetic rubber and foam cushioning systems.” Also, “With 20 billion pairs of shoes made every year, this is not a sustainable way of making footwear. At Reebok, we thought ‘what if we start with materials that grow, and use plants rather than oil-based materials?’ By using sustainable resources as our foundation, and then through ongoing testing and development, we were able to create a plant-based sneaker that performs and feels like any other shoe.”

He also said that, “The NPC UK Cotton + Corn is the only footwear product on the market that has been certified as containing 75% USDA certified biobased content,” He also added that, “And this is just the start for us. We are on an ongoing path to create a different type of footwear – so that you can feel good about what you’re wearing and where it came from.”

The Cotton + Corn program focuses to produce footwear with “things that grow” in order to create sustainable products. The sneaker, the NPC UK Cotton + Corn, is constructed from an upper made of 100% cotton, and a corn-based sole. The shoe has insoles that are procured from castor bean oil and comes in packaging that is 100% recycled.

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