Nike has partnered with biotech company Newlight Technologies to reduce its carbon footprint. In particular, Nike plans to investigate the use of AirCarbon, Newlight’s carbon-negative biomaterial produced by marine microorganisms. When creating the material, the handling of greenhouse gases is also used.
The goal of Newlight is to make a contribution to the fight against plastic pollution and climate change by producing this plastic substitute. The material is currently used as a plastic leather substitute for glasses, bags and purses. Nike’s goal is to explore the multi-application capabilities of AirCarbon to create greener products.
“AirCarbon offers an opportunity to further reduce our impact on the planet,” said Noel Kinder, Nike Chief Sustainability Officer. “Materials make up 70 percent of Nike’s total carbon footprint and we are accelerating our efforts and exploring new opportunities in this area because in the race against climate change we cannot wait for solutions, we must work together to create them.” She.”
To make AirCarbon, Newlight uses marine microorganisms that eat greenhouse gases and air and then convert them in the cells of the material. As such, AirCarbon is an energy storage material, also known as polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), which is 40 percent oxygen from the air and 60 percent carbon from greenhouse gases.
In addition, the material is certified carbon negative, which leads to a reduction in CO2 in the atmosphere. AirCarbon can be melted into a variety of shapes such as fiber, sheet and solid shapes, which opens the door to a number of possibilities.
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