Adidas to make vegan shoes!
You must have come across many people who have turned vegan — eating only plant-based food. But now a shoe company is all ready to manufacture vegan shoes too. Adidas has announced it’s launching a line of sneakers made from mushroom-based leather.
As part of a 2021 sustainability initiative, the new Stan Smiths will be entirely vegan, and created using mycelium: that is, the vegetative part of fungi that produces mushrooms.
To create their mushroom-leather shoes, Adidas is working with the biotech startup Bolt Threads, in which celebrities including John Legend and Natalie Portman have also invested.
While the new mushroom-based shoes are yet to be released, they’re part of a wider Adidas commitment to the planet that involves an end goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.
This isn’t the company’s first foray into vegan footwear. In 2020, Adidas launched plant-based versions of several classic sneakers, which quickly became bestsellers. Now it’s completely renounced the use of fur in all products, and it’s working with partners on other sustainability projects that include recycling cotton and developing a climate-friendly running shoe as part of a drive that will see 60% of all Adidas products in 2021 being made with sustainable materials.
A single Portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana. Mushrooms are made up of around 90% water. The mushroom is used in many cuisines throughout the world and it is known as the "meat" of the vegetable world.