Wear, return, compost: follow our journey of the PUMA RE:SUEDE experiment

Sports company PUMA has started to distribute 500 pairs of its experimental RE:SUEDE sneaker to participants in Germany after recording strong interest for this compostability project. All the participants will wear the RE:SUEDE for half a year before returning their pairs to PUMA.

We are excited to share that one of the participants is our colleague Florian Schrey, Account Director Brands & OEM’s at Royal Smit & Zoon.

Nera has been part of the development of the RE:SUEDE by providing Zeology tanned leather. Now we can test it ourselves! We will follow Florian’s journey with his pair of RE:SUEDE sneakers and of course share it with you. Stay tuned.

Visit Ortessa

On June 23 we visited waste processing company Ortessa. Ortessa is taking part in PUMA’s circular experiment and they will be testing the RE:SUEDE sneaker on their compostability. After the sneakers have been worn for six months, they will be shipped to Ortessa and there be subjected to a biological breakdown process. With the findings PUMA will continu and improve the development of sustainable footwear.

The shoes go back

It’s November 2022 and time to say goodbye to the RE:SUEDE’s. They go back to PUMA where they will be send to Ortessa for the compostability testing.

About the collaboration

PUMA develops biodegradable RE:SUEDE sneaker with Zeology

PUMA has developed an experimental version of its most iconic sneaker to test for a product to make it biodegradable. The RE:SUEDE is made from Zeology tanned suede.

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Fertilizing your garden with old shoes? PUMA is making it happen

A second life for your sport shoes, as a fertilizer for your garden. It can potentially help to diminish billions of kilograms of waste. In The Netherlands, waste processing company Ortessa is performing tests on the compostability of PUMA sneakers.

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