Adidas and Allbirds announced a collaborative project to accelerate solutions to reduce the 700M metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted by the footwear industry annually1. The partnership aims to innovate on manufacturing and supply chain processes in addition to exploring renewable material resources, resulting in the creation of the lowest carbon footprint ever recorded for a sports performance shoe.


To achieve this unprecedented goal, Adidas and Allbirds will open the doors to each other's suite of sustainable innovations and unlock the opportunity to set a new industry standard in the fight against climate change. 


"Our brands don't want to just participate in the sustainability conversation, we want to continue being catalysts and creators of substantial improvement," says James Carnes, VP of Adidas Brand Strategy. "The recent progress that our brands have made in the name of sustainable innovation has created the perfect momentum for this partnership to influence industry practices forever. 


"There is an urgent need to reduce our global carbon number, and this mission is bigger than just Allbirds or Adidas," says Tim Brown, co-CEO of Allbirds. "Whether we realize it or not this is a race that we are all running together as a planet and it is one that trumps the day-to-day competition of individual companies. I am hopeful that this partnership will be an example for others to follow as we pursue a more sustainable, net zero carbon future." 


Everything has a carbon footprint-the production of a product emits carbon dioxide (along with other greenhouse gasses) that contributes to climate change. To create a product with the lowest carbon footprint possible, the collaboration will explore innovations across the entire supply chain-from material choices to manufacturing facilities and transportation methods that utilize renewable energy and fuels. Currently, the average running shoe has a carbon footprint of approximately 13.6 kg CO22.


"While we are prioritizing the planet, we're staying committed to improving the athlete's experience," says Carnes. "That means the end result should yield no compromises for athletes or the planet."  

The project is dedicated to creating an athletic shoe that meets Adidas performance standards, which are among the most stringent in the industry. To ensure we are holding ourselves to the highest standards, the shoe's carbon footprint will be analyzed using Allbirds's life cycle assessment tool, which measures the end-to-end carbon emissions. 


"Our great hope is that this partnership will catalyze other people to share both their best ideas and research so that we can work together in the fight to live more sustainably," says Brown. "This is a problem that won't be solved by one company alone." 


Adidas has committed to a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 as part of its End Plastic Waste initiative. Allbirds's "Tread Lighter" program represents its ongoing practices to measure and reduce emissions across the entirety of the business, offsetting anything remaining to maintain a 100% carbon neutral business. 


To find out more about Adidas' End Plastic Waste initiative, visit To learn more about Allbirds's "Tread Lighter" program and the company's carbon reduction initiatives, visit