2 Aug 2018 - A sustainable fashion brand has created a footwear range made from single-use plastics collected from the ocean floor.
Spanish company Ecoalf source five plastic bottles from the Mediterranean Sea to create each pair of Shao trainers from its Ocean Waste collection, with no waste generated in the production and manufacturing processes.
Plastic waste from the ocean floor is extracted and processed into a yarn - used to create a black knitted upper sole designed to fit like a sock.
The outsole is composed of an invasive species of algae that grows in lakes and rivers and provides the most sustainable performance driven foam in the world.
"Our Upcycling the Oceans initiative began in Spain in 2015," founder Javier Goyeneche told Sky News.
"To date, we've taken out 250 tons of waste from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea with the support of 3,000 fishermen in 33 ports - which is actively expanding."
The philosophy behind the collection is zero waste - with the plastic bottles developed with PET (recycled polyester).
The insole has been eliminated to reduce the number of materials used, along with shoe laces. The label is also printed instead of attached to minimise fabric wastage.
Ecoalf is helping to save the environment because it is "not only cleaning the seas but also giving a second life to plastic," Mr Goyeneche said.
"On top of this, the harvest of the specific species of algae remediates water in its natural habitat, and protects plant and animal life that depends on fresh water for their survival.
"By not utilising conventional foam, we are also reducing the consumption of oil, which is a main component of the traditional material.