Soles of world’s first graphene sports shoes are 50% more resistant to wear

December 7, 2017 by  
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British sportswear brand inov-8 decided to take footwear a leap further: with graphene . Working with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester , they developed rubber enhanced with the game-changing material for running shoe outsoles that are, according to University of Manchester reader in nanomaterials Aravind Vijayaraghavan, “50 percent stronger, 50 percent more stretchy, and 50 percent more resistant to wear than the corresponding industry standard rubber without graphene.” Is there anything graphene can’t do? inov-8 created their forthcoming G-series with flexible graphene-enhanced rubber for footwear – you guessed it – far superior to shoes with regular old soles. Vijayaraghavan said when graphene is added to rubber for the product, it imparts its groundbreaking properties like strength. The improved material offers a long-lasting grip for sneakers without rapidly wearing down. inov-8 product and marketing director Michael Price said the shoes offer durability and traction never before seen. Related: Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy Price said in a statement, “Off-road runners and fitness athletes live at the sporting extreme and need the stickiest outsole grip possible to optimize their performance, be that when running on wet trails or working out in sweaty gyms. For too long, they have had to compromise this need for grip with the knowledge that such rubber wears down quickly. Now, utilizing the groundbreaking properties of graphene, there is no compromise.” Graphene is the thinnest, strongest material on the planet, and can be folded or twisted without damage. The University of Manchester has worked on graphene-enhanced airplanes, medical devices, and sports cars – and now sports gear. inov-8 CEO Ian Bailey said the company is positioned “at the forefront of a graphene sports footwear revolution,” and hinted this is just the beginning, saying graphene’s potential is limitless. The G-series shoes will hit the market in 2018. Via inov-8 and the University of Manchester Images via the University of Manchester

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Pop-Up Shoe Shop in Poland Made Entirely from Reused Wooden Pallets

May 27, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Pop-Up Shoe Shop in Poland Made Entirely from Reused Wooden Pallets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Clae , eco design , footwear , green design , green interiors , Mode:lina Architekci , Poland , pop up shop , pop-up , Recycled Materials , recycled pallets , shoes , sustainable design , wooden pallets        

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Nike Unveils the World’s First 3D-Printed Football Cleat

March 2, 2013 by  
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Nike  made history last week when it debuted the first-ever football cleat built using  rapid-prototyping  technology. Weighing just 5.6 ounces, the  “Vapor Laser Talon”  boasts a contoured three-dimensionally printed plate designed to provide optimal traction, as well as help football athletes maintain their “drive stance” longer and more effectively, according to the sportswear giant. And by using 3D-printing, Nike was able to produce design updates in a matter of hours rather than months. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D-printed cleat , 3d-printed shoe , cleats , eco fashion ecouterre , football cleat , football cleats , footwear , Nike , Nike Vapor , soccer cleats , Vapor Laser Talon

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Rayfish Footwear Pioneers Genetically Engineered Stingray-Leather Sneakers

May 31, 2012 by  
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Think wearing leather is inhumane? Then try this on for size: Thailand-based shoe company  Rayfish Footwear actually breeds live  bespoke stingrays , harvesting them for their leather to make each pair of custom-designed sneakers. Using a process known as ”bio-customization,” the company combines patterns and colors from dozens of ray species, resulting in a transgenic “designer stingray” like no other. Thinking about investing in a pair of custom sneaks? Better save your pennies – pair of Rayfish sneakers starts at a whopping $14,800. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio-customization , bioengineering , DNA manipulation , Fashion , footwear , genetically engineered stingrays , Rayfish footwear , Rayfish sneakers , Raymond Ong , stingray leather , stingray sneakers , unethical fashion

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

May 31, 2012 by  
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Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism British Columbia , delivered large goodies that would be used in adventure travel. To the delight of the crowd that gathered around it at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza, oversize vending machine doled out bikes, inflatable kayaks and surfboards to promote outdoor activities in British Columbia. See the video after the jump! Read the rest of Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco-tourism , giant vending machine , green design , sustainable design , Tourism British Columbia , vending machine

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14 Pairs of Green Sunglasses To Protect Your Peepers this Summer

May 31, 2012 by  
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Memorial Day — the unofficial start of summer in the US — is behind us, and that means longer days and brighter sunshine in the coming months. When shopping for new sunglasses, there are a couple of important factors to take into account: A good pair of shades should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, they should look cool, and they should also look out for the planet. Beginning with the  “Malibu Tortoise” ($85) by  Woodwear (pictured), we’ve rounded up our top 14 favorite green sunglasses of the season. Head over to Ecouterre to take a peek at them all. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bamblues , Drift Castaway , eco-friendly sunglasses , eyewear , Fashion , green sunglasses , ICU eyewear , love thy neighbor , Malibu Tortoise , MODO aviator , Panda Martin , Proof Dame , Solo , Westward Leaning , Woodwear

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Just Undo It: Nike, NASA partner on waste innovation challenge

April 1, 2012 by  
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The partnership among three federal agencies and the footwear giant is looking for game-changing innovations to transform waste management systems in both the developed and developing worlds.

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LiftKits Insoles Add Height Instantly

August 21, 2011 by  
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Photo: LiftKits Need a lift? No, I’m not talking about a ride, I’m talking about LiftKits. These recycled plastic and polyurethane insoles can add inches to your frame instantly. But why would you want them? Read on. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Veja and FrenchTrotters Release Men’s Sustainable-Luxury Sneakers (Photos)

August 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: Veja x FrenchTrotters What happens when a fair trade footwear label partners with a high end Parisian boutique? Enter Veja x FrenchTrotters , a capsule collection of luxury mens sneakers that merge classic design with sustainable materials — available come fall at select boutiques around the globe. Photos: … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Splendora’s Gina Pell Shares Her Top Eco-Picks for Summer

July 26, 2011 by  
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Style expert and founder of Splendora.com , Gina Pell, shares her favorite eco-picks for looking fabulous this summer – all while remaining conscious of the great outdoors. In case there was any doubt, Gina disproves all theories that in order to protect the environment you have to sacrifice any of your style. Visit the eBay Green Team for more smart and eco-friendly product finds of earth friendly influencers from various industries like film, design and fashion and be sure to follo… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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