Nike to produce PPEs made from repurposed sneaker parts

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Another brand doing good

Sneaker giant Nike has announced that they will be repurposing apparel and shoe parts to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for frontliners amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, the brand shared that they’re currently working with medical experts from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to provide full-face shields and powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses.

Regarding the materials, Nike explained that ‘collar padding once destined for shoes is repurposed; cords originally earmarked for apparel reconsidered; and, most important, the TPU component of a Nike signature—the Nike Air soles—reimagined. 

Nike also showcases a mock-up of the full-face shield PPE, with the brand’s familiar laces/cords as the grip and Nike Air soles TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane, a hard material used in rubber and glass) serving as the component for the visor.

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The first batch of the face shields have already been distributed to OHSU last April 3, while the rest of Nike’s stock will be going to hospitals around Oregon.

The sneaker joins other companies, such as Apple and PH’s own San Miguel Corporation, doing their part in using their resources for good – as many hospitals will be facing a PPE shortage if the virus continues to spread.

‘Nike will continue to seek ways to further support the courageous healthcare workers in their tireless efforts to support, heal and comfort our communities through these extraordinary times,’ the brand concluded in its statement.

Sneakerheads for a cause

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