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Collection of Shoes & Packaging Incorporating recycled materials in testament to Eco-friendly practices of early Tokyo

A new line of running and SportStyle shoes that use recycled polyester made from PET bottles in shoe upper material.

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Called the Edo Era Tribute Pack, the new collection underscores ASICS’ sustainability credentials by honoring the eco-friendly practices of Edo (present-day Tokyo) from the 17th to 19th centuries. It was during that period that reusing, and recycling was integral to life in Japan.

The new offerings recall the eco-centric self-sufficiency ethos of bygone times in Tokyo in 2021 in which the eyes of the world turn to that city’s biggest sporting event.

The range is in keeping with ASICS’ commitment to sustainability in various aspects of its business. The uppers of the collection’s six performance running shoe models and four SportStyle offerings employ recycled polyester fibers made from a total of around 300,000 PET bottles. These items represent the first stage of an ASICS drive to switch to 100% recycled polyester fibers in all its uppers by 2030 to help combat climate change.

In the collection,  100% recycled paper shoe boxes are used with approx.10% less material than the standard designs and ASICS switches from oil-based inks to water-based ones have halved ink usage.

These sustainable shoe boxes will expand sequentially from July 2020. The boxes in the scope of these changes will be switched in 2021, thereby cutting ASICS’ annual CO2 emissions by approx. 1,200 metric tons.

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