Nike Grind materials inherently possess qualities valued in prosthetic limb design: shock-absorbent plastics, moisture-wicking textiles and malleable rubbers. The idea would be to re-purpose these materials to be used in the socket of the limb, coating of the pylon supporting limb and accessories such as straps for attachments and socks for better fit and comfort. Nike could partner with prosthetic designers and bio-mechanical engineers to innovate and change the look and feel of prostheses.
This incorporation of Nike Grind material would be a no-brainer as Nike currently partners with Ossur to create Flex-Run™ specialized running feet for disabled athletes. Together we could build on this partnership to work toward up-cycling Grind materials to create limbs for both athletes and non-athletes.
Prostheses made from recycled material may significantly decrease costs and make this therapy accessible to more people in need while simultaneously celebrating the strength of those individuals equipped with prosthetic limbs with bright and bold Nike colors.