Puma to launch range made from recycled plastic bottles

The new range will be made from recycled bottles. Photo credit: Supplied.

Bet you never thought you could run a marathon with plastic bottles on your feet. But Puma is trying to get you to do just that. 

The athleisure-wear company will be launching their first sustainable sportswear collection in collaboration with First Mile, a company which supports low-income communities in Haiti, Honduras and Taiwan by collecting plastic bottles to produce recycled polyester.

Using recycled bottles as a raw material source, last year First Mile produced more than 300 tons of recycled yarn. 

"Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental problems the world faces today. That is why we are very excited to join First Mile and be a part of the solution," says Adam Petrick, global director of brand and marketing for Puma.

First Mile spokeswoman Kelsey Halling said they were "thrilled" about the alliance.  

"[It] will positively impact lives by giving value to plastic waste."

The collection will consist of shoes and apparel featuring utility pockets and tools for the outdoor elements. 

It's not the only activewear range to go the sustainable route. Mister Timbuktu has a collection made from recycled single-use plastic bottles, and discarded fishing nets, and H&M released a range of activewear last year made from recycled fabrics. 

The Puma x First Mile collection will drop next year.