A long time leader in mountain biking shoes and apparel, Five Ten shared some exciting news about their 2021 shoes. The brand has partnered with the ocean plastic recycling company Parley to bring the more sustainable material as well as recycled polyester and sustainably sourced cotton to their shoes. Two of Five Ten's most popular bike shoes, the Freerider and Freerider Pro flat-pedal bike shoes have been redesigned to incorporate these new materials. Five Ten's parent company Adidas has been working hard to phase out unsustainable materials like polyester in favor of recycled ones by 2024. Along with the redesigned Freerider collection, Five Ten announced that it's 2021 bike apparel collection will also use Parley Ocean Plastic along with Better Cotton Initiative cotton in order to create more sustainable products.
Five Ten isn't the only brand working to be greener. Companies like Patagonia, Ortovox, PrAna, and Wild Rye are all taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Whether it's using recycled plastic for technical gear or organically sourced cotton and merino wool, there's lots of ways outdoor brands are working towards climate neutrality and a greener future. If you do have to buy new gear, consider buying from a brand that's using sustainable materials and practices. You can find other ways to reduce your own carbon footprint in our Guide to Combating Climate Change and watch Episode 4 of Journey > Reward while you're at it.
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