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Adidas to make shoes from ocean garbage






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Adidas has made a sports shoe from ocean garbage. The trainer is part of a project to raise awareness of the big problem of ocean pollution. Adidas has joined with an organisation called Parley, which protects and preserves the Earth's oceans. Parley's founder spoke about the cooperation with Adidas. He said: "Our objective is to boost public awareness and to inspire new collaborations that can contribute to protect and preserve the oceans. We are extremely proud that Adidas is joining us in this mission…to show that it is possible to turn ocean plastic into something cool."

Garbage in the ocean is a huge problem. UNESCO estimates that there are 30,000 pieces of plastic for every square kilometre of ocean. Plastic kills over a million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals every year. Adidas used some of this plastic, as well as illegal fishing nets, to make its new trainer. Adidas says it will be releasing a new trainer made from ocean waste later this year. In another project to help the environment, the sportswear maker said it would stop handing out plastic bags in all its stores across the world. This will happen in the near future.

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