Nike GS – An eco friendly football boot
Nike has caught everyone off guard with the announcement of the GS, a new – eco-friendly football boot.
hailed by Nike as ‘the lightest, fastest, most environmentally-friendly production boot the company has ever made.’, the GS (short for Green Speed) is sure to be something special!
designers were challenged to create a new football boot stripped down to include only the essential elements that deliver lightweight performance and high speed control in game situations. The resulting boot is constructed using renewable and recycled materials and designed for explosive performance on the pitch and lower impact on the planet
Every component of the Nike GS has been optimized to reduce weight and waste, creating Nike’s lightest football boot ever at 160 grams for a size 9.
Conceived and engineered in Italy, the Nike GS features recycled and renewable materials throughout the upper and plate design. A bio-based traction plate made primarily from castor beans ensures strength and flexibility on pitch alongside a sock liner made from 100% castor beans. The boot laces, lining and tongue are made from a minimum of 70% recycled materials. The toeboard and collar, feature at least 15% recycled materials.
“The Nike GS is the lightest and fastest football boot we’ve ever made and really defines a new era in how we create, design and produce elite football boots,” said Andy Caine, global design director for Nike Football. “When you can deliver a boot that combines high end performance and a low environmental footprint that’s a winning proposition for players and planet.”
Nike is one of the few sports wear companies out there at the moment who are really looking at ways to improve their carbon footprint/environmental impact. Their football shirts made from recycled bottles have been a great hit.
The only downside to the boot is that it will be limited to 2012 pairs, which means they’ll be fairly hard to get hold of, and I for one would love to see more general release boots created in a more environmentally responsible manner
the boots will be released at various nike retailers world wide, and retail for $300 with release slated for August 15th