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Nike pledges to cut CO2 footprint & use 100% renewable energy by 2025

Nike pledges to cut CO2 footprint & use 100% renewable energy by 2025

Nike, the American footwear and apparel manufacturer, has reportedly pledged to improve its sustainability credentials by focusing on the materials it uses in its products.

According to reports, Noel Kinder, the chief sustainability officer of Nike, has inked a pledge with Renewable Energy Buyers' Alliance to lower its carbon emissions by 30% and use 100% renewable energy by 2025.

As per Kinder, Nike currently uses 80% renewable energy and the process of sourcing materials and manufacturing accounts for 80% of the brand's total carbon footprint. While Nike is among the world's top recyclers of polyester, it is believed that materials are where Nike can have the most influence.

Small improvements can have a tremendous impact on the environment, especially for a firm like Nike, which grossed $44 billion this fiscal year.

Nike took a significant stride forward last year when it introduced a new shoe line consisting of 90% recyclable materials. The sports footwear and apparel brand uses at least some reusable material in 70% of its goods, but the company aims to go even further. According to Kinder, educating consumers about the importance of sustainability is a key part of getting there.

In 2022, another material, Nike's Flyleather, a leather equivalent, will be updated. Flyleather is now made up of 50% recycled leather, however this will further change in the future. Kinder did not provide any other information about the upgrade.

Kinder noted at COP26 that Nike has been concentrating on using its manufacturing space to persuade its partners. For instance, last year Nike teamed up with 28 other brands, including H&M, to push Vietnam, where it conducts some of its production, to shift to renewable energy.

While Nike's pledge to use 100% renewable energy by 2025 only relates to its own offices, shops, as well as factories, persuading manufacturing partners to do so could help the firm reduce its overall emissions. In addition, plenty of other Vietnam-based firms will benefit.

Kinder expressed the hope that, rather than making vague assurances, more fashion manufacturers will make explicit commitments on deadlines.

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