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Creative Director’s Choice: Dino de León of IN Connected on Adidas’ Futurecraft Loop

Creative Director’s Choice gives creative directors a chance to highlight the work they think is the best out in the ad world — the ads and campaigns they believe are making a difference.

This week, IN Connected executive creative director Dino de León discusses why Adidas’ Futurecraft Loop takes sustainability in footwear to the next level.

Dino de Leon
Dino de León

In a category like fitness apparel, the biggest drivers are technical performance innovations, who’s endorsing what, and the style opportunity of a fresh colorway. But the Adidas Futurecraft Loop is taking a different spin. In a radical effort to leapfrog into holistic sustainability, they have created a quiet campaign where purpose transcends performance and style.

The intro film starts with the literal clarion call of a bell giving way to an urgent, futuristic music bed as the narrator wonders, “if the end of one thing can be the beginning of the next.” A series of quick cuts blend athletes, urban scenes, and a shoe shockingly shredded and reassembled among more conceptual loops of regeneration and renewal. It all reaches a crescendo with the powerful line, “Made to be Remade.” After interacting with the site’s immersive UX, and viewing the mini-documentary-style designer film, you learn that not only is the shoe 100% recycled (made entirely from TPU – thermoplastic polyurethane), but 100% recyclable.

While taking such a lofty stand is typically reserved for new disruptors versus established brands like Adidas, this comes across as a refreshing vision and stake in the ground. It is also a game-changing concept that taps into consumers questioning norms while demanding responsible and proactive solutions. However, unless you are one of the 200 creators lucky enough to be in their beta program, you won’t see a Futurecraft Loop until spring/summer 2021. Which will, no doubt, only add to the demand.   

The lasting impact of this campaign is in making you think not only about how your lifestyle impacts the environment, but also how the brands you support are taking accountability. The Futurecraft Loop campaign positions Adidas at the vanguard of sustainability, while enrolling consumers into their greater mission. It’s inspiring and impactful when a company can do both. In the not-too-distant future, one can easily picture retail locations and pop-up experiences where shoes and other items are sold, and recycled, and sold again.

But I’ll still probably wait until the all-black colorway drops.

Dino de León is executive vice-president/executive creative director at IN Connected, an integrated brand activation agency.

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: 'Futurecraft Loop'

Date: May 2019
Together with Parley for the Oceans, Adidas introduced in 2015 the first performance footwear concept with an upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from marine plastic waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets. In 2019 Adidas will produce 11 million pairs of shoes containing recycled ocean plastic through intercepting plastic waste on beaches, remote islands and in coastal communities. adidas is committed to using only recycled polyester in every product and on every application where a solution exists by 2024. Creating products with premium materials by Parley, made from up-cycled marine plastic waste, is the first pillar of Adidas’ sustainability strategy.
Futurecraft.Loop is a transformative approach to designing performance shoes that are made to be remade from the outset, by using one material type and no glue. Each component is made from 100% reusable TPU - it’s spun to yarn, knitted, moulded and clean-fused to a Boost midsole using Adidas Speedfactory technology.
Once the shoes come to the end of their first life and are returned to adidas – they are washed, ground to pellets and melted into material for components for a new pair of shoes, with zero waste and nothing thrown away. Each generation is designed to meet the Adidas sports performancestandard, without compromise.
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