We propose using Nike Grinds to create more sustainable car parts- tires, floor covers, seats,etc. It’s not possible at the time to eliminate the use of cars, but it is possible to make the production and manufacturing process of cars more sustainable. By reusing rubber from Nike grinds, we will make tires or floor mats. Synthetic leather could be used to make car seats or steering wheel coverings.
Using Nike Grinds would help make the process more sustainable because it eliminates the need to harvest new rubber or leather. While rubber is harvested from plants and is not synthetically produced, recycled rubber is the more environmentally friendly option because it builds upon already existing materials.
By recycling the leather and molding it into larger, usable pieces, we can save on the amount of animals that need to perish for us to harvest leather. In the same way that beef is unsustainable, leather is also. Cows especially require a lot of resources for them to grow and be useful for producing beef or leather. By recycling the leather scraps that remain, we can save a little bit on some of those resources.
Isn’t there an even more environmentally friendly alternative to leather? PVC and PU leather eliminate the need to kill animals, but require fossil fuels. Synthetic “vegan leather” is progressing towards complete sustainability, with new innovations like vegetable based plastics. Ideally, more companies will make the switch in the future, but as long as there are Nike Grinds, we should reuse the scraps that we are creating to ensure that none of the resources we use go to waste.