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We are now driving a portfolio of advanced manufacturing initiatives that encompass changes to the traditional manufacturing business model that includes the role of workers in the production of better products and services. nike free 5.0 breathe women's running shoes As described throughout this report, these two areas – materials and manufacturing.
Sustainable innovation takes many forms at NIKE. nike free trainer 5.0 tb men's training shoe Incremental improvements play an important role in our efforts, since even small changes have large impacts across our portfolio. However, incremental changes on their own fall short of the progress needed.
The scale of today’s challenges requires breakthrough innovations such as entirely new materials and ways to make products. As an example, in 2012 we introduced the first product made using the innovative new NIKE Flyknit technology and manufacturing process. The Flyknit Lunar 1+ running shoe, launched in 2013, reduces footwear waste in the upper by 80% on average compared with traditional production methods. nike lunarglide 4 review To put a picture to that amount of waste, from its introduction in 2012 through FY13 the total combined material savings from just the uppers of the Flyknit Lunar 1+ compared to a traditional running shoe was 66,000kg – about the same as 12 adult male African elephants. Flyknit is a game changer and we believe there is significant potential ahead as Flyknit technology is implemented more broadly across our footwear offering.
NIKE’s ability to deploy disruptive technologies like Flyknit at scale multiplies sustainability benefits. And as the game changes, we remain on the offense, always. In some cases, where we have direct influence, we use our management tools, nike air max terra 180 sale expertise and other resources to take a leadership role. One example is the creation and proliferation of the NIKE Materials Sustainability Index (NIKE MSI). (See Materials Matter.)
Other opportunities, such as improving working conditions within our global supply chain, are beyond the reach of any single organization and require collaboration with other supply chain participants. One way we are working on these changes is through our collaboration with the Fair Labor Association to develop the Sustainable Compliance Initiative. This initiative, still in development, nike free 4.0 v3 running shoes mens provides tools to improve the quality, consistency and efficiency of efforts in our industry to comply with country laws/regulations, and company standards.