Did you know that Asics stands for Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, which translates from Latin to 'A Sound Mind in a Sound Body'? It's hard to have a sound mind with the state of climate change today, but a new collaboration between the leading athletics brand and Japanese label CFCL proposes sneakers which will put our minds at rest, at least when it comes to our wardrobe.
From the sneaker's carbon-negative foam midsole, created from raw materials including bio-based polymers made from sugarcane - which absorbs enough CO2 as it grows to counteract that emitted from producing the foam - to the use of renewable energy for manufacturing and biofuels for transportation, the entire creation process for the Asics GEL-LYTE III CM1.95 model aims to keep GHG emissions negative. In total, the design emits 1.95 kg/CO2-e of greenhouse gas.
First previewed during Paris Fashion Week this past September, the design is available in three colourways made using natural dyes, including neutral white and black plus a playful pink with neon accents, CFCL have applied a minimalistic aesthetic to the Asics GEL-LYTE III CM1.95, such as on the upper which now features tape detailing in place of laces, enabling freedom of movement but minimising the negative impact of the manufacturing process.
This specific approach is a continuation of CFCL and Asics' commitment to use Japanese technology to explore less impactful manufacturing methods, working towards a decarbonised society.
Shop the CFCL x ASICS collaboration from Friday 20 November.