Would you wear sneakers made of ocean garbage?

Anyone that's been following 1 Million Women's various campaigns surrounding the Great Barrier Reef and Plastic Free July would know that rubbish ending up in the ocean is a massive problem.

In fact, in 2006 the United Nations estimated that every square mile (about 2.5km2) of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.

Not only is this disgusting to think about, but the levels of plastic in seawater are highly detrimental to wildlife. Chunks of plastic in our oceans (some pieces are so small that they're known as micro plastics) causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.

So what can we do with all this plastic? Well, Adidas thinks that the solution might be just at our feet. Literally.

In order to raise awareness about the plastics polluting our oceans and killing our sea life they've created a pair of sport shoes made from recycled plastic ocean waste.

The upper part of the shoe is made from yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from ocean waste and illegal deep-sea nets.

The project has been a joint effort between Adidas and Parlay for the Oceans and hopes to inspire other brands to start using recycled and reclaimed materials in their products.

Images: Adidas

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