Nike releases Air Max shoebox made from recycled cartons and coffee lids

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Nike releases Air Max shoebox made from recycled cartons and coffee lids

Nike has partnered with Taiwanese architect and engineer Arthur Huang to design "sustainable and responsible" Air Max packaging made from recycled drink containers and lids.

NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang

The lightweight shoebox, which was released for the brand's annual Air Max Day, is made to neatly interlock for stacking or display.

It is created using plastics derived from leftover consumer packaging and is manufactured with no added chemicals.

"It cushions while at the same time reducing material usage," said Huang, who is CEO of Miniwiz – a Taiwan and Berlin-based studio dedicated to finding new uses for waste, and reducing the impact of materials on the environment.

NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang

"In this case, we're adding features and efficiency to an existing product and by re-using non-virgin materials in a sustainable and responsible way," he added.

The top of the box splits diagonally in half, with a central section that keeps the shoes in one place. Extra holes in the packaging allow owners to thread rope through and re-use the box as a backpack or carry bag. It can also be recycled.

The packaging is made specifically for the Air Max Royal 01, which Huang also designed. The shoes – which are also made only from recycled materials and are said to be the lightest ever Air Max 1 – were unveiled in New York earlier in the year, alongside designs by Marc Newson and Riccardo Tisci.

NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang

"What we do here is very simple, we try to use the stuff we throw away and turn that into the most sustainable way with the least carbon footprint to create a new product," said Huang. "It's all about turning pollution into a solution for the future."

Huang set up Miniwiz in 2005 with fellow structural engineer Jarvis Liu, with the aim of showing how post-consumer waste could find a second life as the next generation of products. The studio previously collaborated with Nike on an installation that used Flyknit material to create a brightly coloured web in a rusting gas tower.

NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang

Miniwiz, which recently opened a new office in Berlin decked out with recycled interiors, has also created a hand-cranked power generator made from re-purposed electronic waste plastic and paper, and a brick, made from recycled plastic bottles, that can be used to build fences and roofs.

Nike, which gained a top 10 spot on the inaugural Dezeen Hot List, recently unveiled a single-layer stretchy hijab that could "change the face of sport for Muslim girls", as well as an aerodynamic shoe it hopes will get its athletes to achieve a sub-two-hour marathon.

Several designers have tackled the problem of sustainable packaging, creating everything from six-pack rings made from by-products of the beer-making process that can safely be eaten by marine wildlife,  to biodegradable plastic created with algae.

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NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
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NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang
NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal box by Arthur Huang