Circularity: Guiding the Future of Design — Materials Choice/Trims | Nike


We classify that there’s forty six different trim types. forty six different methods of make. Every day there’s a new trim or a new request that comes to you and you’re challenged to look at how is this thing made, can I make it better? So a lot of people look at a cord lock and say “yeah that’s a cord lock, it does what it needs to do.” But when you have a cord lock with a spring it’s multiple substrates and there for it’s harder to recycle, or harder to take back in to the process. How can I make this better, how can I reduce the number of different types of materials that are going in to it. Where can we push the edges of that? Looking at single substrate trims instead of putting multiple types of yarns or multiple types of molded things, we use a lot of recycled TPU from footwear airbag manufacturing in to our hard goods. The airbags are made from a substrate that we use in a lot of trims, such as molded goods and buttons and cord locks. We found a way that we can taketh excess from that manufacturing and re-use it into those molded goods because it’s a similar base substrate. There’s so much more exploration in circularity and sustainability and how we can make things in a better more
efficient way.

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