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A Swoosh of Sustainability: Nike Builds Store Out of 100% Trash


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Nike's newest concept store in Shanghai, China, was constructed using soda cans, water bottles, and scratched CDs.



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JL A. (275)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:42 pm
A Swoosh of Sustainability: Nike Builds Store Out of 100% Trash

Nike’s newest concept store in Shanghai, China, was constructed using soda cans, water bottles, and scratched CDs.
August 28, 2013
Anna Hess
Editorial Intern. She is the Chief of Broadcast and Op-Ed Section Editor for Crossfire Publications.

The trashy shop in all its glory—old-DVD ceiling panels, plastic-bottle tension cords, and aluminum-can connection joints. (Photo: Miniwiz)

As much as a company that produces disposable goods can be, Nike has long been a leader in sustainability. The company first went green in the early 1990s, when it started to recycle old shoes and donate the material to contractors that build sports surfaces, like outdoor tracks. In 2006, the shoe giant launched an internal division, Nike Considered Design, which incorporates waste from the factory floor into clothes.

But now the company has taken an almost unheard of eco-leap.

In Shanghai, Nike has partnered with Taiwanese ecocentric architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development to build a concept store from the ground up with heaps of upcycled garbage. The retail outlet utilizes 5,500 soda cans, 2,000 plastic water bottles and 50,000 old CDs and DVDs, according to Miniwiz.

All of the materials used to build the structure are derived from urban waste and are mechanically assembled—not glued or cemented—so that they can be re-recycled at the end of this Nike store’s days. The old DVDs make up the shop’s ceiling panels, water bottles are used for the tension cables, and connection joints are fashioned from recycled cans.

In 2010, the same architecture firm completed the largest building in the world made entirely of plastic water bottles. This EcoArk utilized 1.5 million bottles in its construction and weighed 50 percent less than a typical building, yet it was fire and weatherproof.

So if you find yourself in Shanghai, make sure to pick up a pair of sustainably sold kicks—and don’t mind the garbage.
 

Sue H. (7)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:58 pm
Well done, I'm impressed.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:09 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Sue because you have done so within the last day.
 

Christine Stewart (132)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:52 pm
I wish they would re-use and recycle everything!
 

Katie D. (90)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:37 pm
How surprising for China!! Very Interesting! Thank You JLA
 

JL A. (275)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:46 pm
You are welcome William and Katri. You cannot currently send a star to William & Katri because you have done so within the last day.
 

Patricia N. (8)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 2:01 am
Good story. Hope more companies follow their lead.
 

Aileen P. (34)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:05 am
Interesting. Thank you.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:31 am
You are welcome Aileen.
 

Natasha Salgado (546)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:05 am
Great to see especially in China. Goes to show what a little creativity can do! Thanks JL
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:10 am
It is amazingly sad that Nike, one of the most purely evil corporations on this planet, can so easily purchase redemption for the misery its 40 years of child labor, island hopping, death causing practices have wrought.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:53 am
Well said Gene but I still have a pair of Nikes and damn they're comfortable. Maybe this can catch on? How did they treat the recycled materials? After all, materials like us have a decay rate at which stasis and entropy occur which leads to chemical deconstruction. After all we are talking plastics in one form or another.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:58 am
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Michael Kirkby (85)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:28 pm
Noted
 

Shaheen N. (64)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:54 pm
Noted
 

GGmaSheila D. (172)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:46 pm
Nice to see a large company disprove what the GOPTP and the 1% think about recycling and helping to save the environment. Thanks for sharing this with us.
 

Jane Williams (165)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:16 pm
Awesome news. Thank you.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:34 pm
You are welcome GGma and Jane.
You cannot currently send a star to Jane because you have done so within the last day.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 4:15 am
Now ain't that somethin'?
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 8:54 am
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alicia m. (100)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 11:18 pm
noted, gracias
 
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