According to the Center for Biological Diversity, there are currently billions of pounds of plastic waste that can be found in the oceans today, often massing together in floating garbage islands that can grow to be several miles across. Marine animals often mistake these toxic floating plastics for food, while others get tangled in discarded nets.
In a major bid to promote combat ocean pollution by spreading awareness, athletics giant Adidas has partnered with Parley For The Oceans to create a unique concept sneaker design made almost entirely from discarded fishnets and other recycled plastic waste from the sea.
The new Adidas eco-sneakers are made of recycled plastic and actual green fish net fibers. The base of the shoe is made of other sustainable materials.
Fish nets are a major source of ocean pollution, often being fatal to sea life.
Some of the nets used to make these sneakers were confiscated by the famous Sea Shepherd activist crew.
They tracked poachers wanted by Interpol off the coast of West Africa for 110 days, capturing around 45 miles of illegal netting in the process.
The oceans are sadly overflowing with nets and other plastic trash, but this project shows how these things can be re-purposed into something beautiful again.
Adidas plans to start using recycled fibers in their products by early 2016.