Nike Forward is an all-new material made from ultra-thin, needle-punched layers. It’s super soft, incredibly warm, and absurdly lightweight, but most importantly, our inaugural collection has a reduced carbon footprint of 75% on average when compared to our traditional knit fleece.

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Sustainable Materials


One of our biggest steps on our journey to zero carbon and zero waste is in choosing our materials because they account for more than 70% of any product's footprint. By reusing existing plastics, yarns and textiles, we significantly reduce our emissions.

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Nike Flyknit

Nike Flyknit is a lightweight fabric precision-engineered with an average of 60% less waste than in traditional footwear upper manufacturing. Each shoe upper made from Flyknit contains 6–7 plastic bottles.

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Nike Flyleather

Flyleather looks, feels and smells like natural leather, made by binding at least 50% recycled leather fibres with synthetic fibres using a water-powered process. This creates less waste and a lower impact on climate change compared to full-grain leather.

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Nike Air

Since 2008, all Nike Air soles are composed of at least 50% recycled manufacturing waste. As of 2020, all of Nike's AirMI facilities in North America are powered by 100% renewable wind energy. We reuse more than 90% of the waste from materials used for our Air soles to make new, innovative cushioning systems. Light on your feet. Light on waste.

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Recycled Polyester

Our recycled polyester is made from plastic bottles which are cleaned, shredded into flakes, converted into pellets and then spun into a high-quality yarn. In addition to reducing waste, recycled poly lowers carbon emissions by up to 30% compared to virgin poly, and diverts an average of 1 billion plastic bottles annually from landfills and waterways.

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Sustainable Cotton

As of 2020, 100% of the cotton we use across our entire product line is certified organic, recycled or Better Cotton. All of our organic cotton is grown without fossil fuel-derived pesticides or synthetic fertilisers, and we also recycle more than 680,000kg of cotton each year.

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Recycled Nylon

Our recycled nylon is transformed from a variety of materials, like carpet and used fish nets. The nylon is cleaned, sorted and converted into flakes, all before undergoing a chemical or mechanical recycling process. The new recycled nylon yarn reduces our carbon emissions by up to 50% compared to virgin nylon.

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