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They’ve been around for a century and at one time dominated the basketball shoe market. During the 1980s, the Chuck Taylor All Stars by Converse were a staple in many a teenager’s closet. They were also a central part in popular culture during that same decade, with their appearance in timeless film classics such as Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders and Stand by Me.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and we can see that some Chuck Taylor All Stars have undergone a sustainable makeover.
Nike, which has owned the Converse brand since 2003, recently announced that a new line of these shoes, the Chuck Taylor All Star Crater, will launch next week. According to Nike, the All Star Crater now contains 40 percent recycled content by total weight. The soles will include 12 percent “Nike Grind” materials, a blend of recycled surplus manufacturing materials and footwear. Depending on the color, the shoe uppers will have up to 100 percent of a canvas made from recycled polyester or post-industrial textile waste scraps.