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Brief Published: 20 Sep 2017

Flyleather: Nike’s New Super Material

Nike Flyleather Cortez

Nike has partnered with UK-based eco leather brand E-Leather to develop a new “super material” called Flyleather.

The textile innovation was created after the sportswear giant found the production of leather – its 10th most used upper fabric – was disproportionately unsustainable compared to its other materials.

The fabric is made by mixing loose fibres and recycled leather offcuts with a polyester blend to create a paste, which is then rolled out into sheets of “new” leather. Any waste goes back into the production process, creating a closed-loop cycle. 

The flexible textile is five times stronger and 40% lighter than full-grain leather. It also uses 90% less water to produce and creates a carbon footprint 80% lower than traditional leather.

The eco-friendly material was appropriately launched to coincide with New York’s Climate Week (September 18-24) and forms part of Nike’s pledge to reduce its environmental footprint by 50% by 2020.

For more on fashion’s environmental focus, see Sustainable 360 – part of our Industry Trend The New Fashion Landscape: 2017 Update. For more on Nike’s textile innovations, see Sustainable Wardrobes.