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adidas: shoes made with underground roots of mushrooms

Made from renewable mycelium, the underground roots of mushrooms, Mylo is a new mushroom-based material innovation that looks and feels like leather.
The material from sporting goods producer adidas AG, Herzogenaurach/Germany, uses a process that takes advantage of a cutting-edge vertical agriculture technique, allowing the mycelium to be grown in a space-efficient system that increases the yield/m², with growth taking less than 2 weeks.
Mylo material is versatile as it can take on any color, finish or emboss. The concept shoe Stan Smith Mylo has an outer upper, perforated 3 stripes, heel tab overlay and premium branding made with Mylo. The midsole of the shoe is made with natural rubber.
The new concept was made possible through a unique and collaborative partnership with technology company Bolt Threads Inc. Emeryville, CA/USA.

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Gore: implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

A strategy to implement social and environmental programs is being introduced by the Technical Oriented Fabrics (TOF) business unit of the producer of functional textiles W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, DE/USA.
The Sustainability Framework reflects the Gore Fabrics Division´s commitment to protecting people and the environment while prolonging product life and the well-being of people at the same time. For the TOF Business Unit, this framework particularly reflects its continued effort to maximize the societal value Gore delivers through its operations, supply chains and innovations, as well as a commitment to reduce the environmental footprint that Gore’s operations and products have on the planet.
It is informed by global trends and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of worldwide accepted goals leveraged by many global companies as a "blueprint" to achieve a better world. From these UN goals, Gore identified 6 strategic areas as most relevant to Gore, as these represent the key global challenges in the apparel and footwear industry.

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More information: W.L. Gore & Associates GmbH