National Geographic shows us how trendy sneaker culture is contributing to the worldwide plastic pollution crisis.

In this short doc, we learn how trainers can be particularly harmful to the environment. Often, they’re made up of a number of different plastics, making it very hard to recycle them. Worse still, most people use sneakers for intense activities like running and sport, meaning that their lifespan can be very short in comparison to other shoes and clothes items.

We learn how this unseen issue is contributing to plastic pollution around the world. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. The doc takes us inside labs that are creating fully recyclable trainers that are themselves made out of old trainers. What’s even cooler is that some scientists and designers are even looking at using bio-materials to create sports shoes, reducing the amount of plastic waste to zero. It’s a doc that warns us against buying too much footwear but it also shows us the exciting ways that brands are coming up with innovative ways to combat the crisis.

National Geographic|Plastic Pollution|Documentary

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