How it's Made
The product I chose was a Nike Sneaker. The raw materials that are used to make a simple Nike shoe is polyester, rubber, EVA foam, cotton, leather, and synthetic leather. Here is a look into where the raw materials can be found.
India and China are the two leading countries that produce polyester; one of the main materials. 19% of the polyester that is used to make a sneaker is recycled. Nike melted plastic bottles and from that they were able to make strands of polyester. Next, Nike uses an altered rubber that is eco-friendly. 70% of Nike sneakers use the altered rubber and have done so since 2002, when it first came out. The world's leading rubber producers are Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Another material that is widely used is cotton. Nike receives organic cotton from Turkey, United States of America, China, and India. Nike's goal is to use more organic cotton in their sneakers because it is free of pesticides and fertilizer and would better the shoe.