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Combating Agricultural Plastic Waste with the Use of NIKE Grind materials.

Using Grind Materials as material to substitute plastics in Agricultural Film, Mulch, and Baling Twine

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NIKE Grind Materials, especially material types of rubber, laminated PU foam, and mixed footwear textiles can be used in place of agricultural plastics used on a regular basis. Rubber outsoles, flashings, and PU foam from the Grind materials can be applied to replace the agricultural film used to cover the soil, for purposes of weed suppression, and soil temperature optimization. The use of rubber flashings to yield a rubber twine, instead of the synthetic baling twine used in the field for binding bales of hay, can further be applied to reduce virgin plastic generation and disposal. 

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • Laminated EVA Foam
  • Laminated PU Foam
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

Rubber twine image link: Rubber image link:

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

How is your idea innovative?

My idea is not innovative, since the availability for proposed alternative products (see images of product representations above) that use non-petrochemical derived products is evident. However, perhaps the explicit channeling of NIKE Grind Materials towards such purpose has not been conceived or realized.

What inspired this idea?

Learning materials about the circular economy on Ellen MacArthur Foundation, New Plastic Economy

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I am a product design student interested in circular design and sustainable design. My previous background involves education in the health sciences, and literature arts.

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

It will eliminate our over-reliance on plastic; a material that is known to be non-biodegradable and continues to be improperly disposed. Additionally, plastic additives and certain resin types contribute to carcinogenic leachate into the soil.

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Hi Chitra Bakshi ,

We see this post is currently in draft mode, and thus, not submitted to the Nike Design with Grind Challenge. Was this your intention? Please join the Challenge by clicking "publish" at the top of your post.

The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, TODAY, May 1.

Excited to see you joining the Challenge!