GreenPlax Footwear by Ccilu International Inc.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
GreenPlax

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Footwear

INSPIRATION:
The (IPCC) Report concluded, "It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century". The largest human influence has been the emission of greenhouse gases. Particularly more than one million plastic bottles are thrown away every minute globally and less than 4% of these are properly recycled. Others end up in landfills, lots are in the ocean eventually. Something has to be done to keep the ocean clean for future generations.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Trying to protect the ecosystem and the environment, as well as to leave a beautiful mother earth for future generations, Ccilu spent 5 years developing GreenPlax technology. With GreenPlax technology Ccilu created the first-ever footwear collection made primarily out of plastic bottles retrieved from the oceans. The recycled plastic bottles are used for every major component in the shoes, including the uppers, insoles and outsoles.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Scientific application to this practical problem: 1. Sort and clean recycled plastic bottles retrieved from the ocean. 2. Shred the recycled plastic bottles into smaller pieces. 3. Breakdown the pieces into perfectly shaped pellets. 4. Melt down the pellets and turn them into fibers. Fibers make the threads. Threads make fabric. And the fabric makes the upper part of the shoe and the lining covering Ortholite insole. 5. Mix remaining pellets with EVA and turn them into a high-performance outsole.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2014 in Taiwan and finished in August 2019 in Taiwan.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
On average 1 pair of the GreenPlax footwear consumes 15 recycled plastic bottles. With SKIVE-ON technology, each pair of GreenPlax Renee footwear is bottomed-up with 100+ completely independent and highly resilient GreenPlax dots. The belief that both technology and lifestyle shall be sustainable has resulted in GreenPlax. A major milestone of the evolution of footwear industry. The award-winning SKIVE-ON outsoles present the best experiences of super lightweight, barefoot comfort, flexibility, high resilience and great grip.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
For Man's US 9: 11 mm x 29.5 mm x 10 mm for one foot. The main outsole material is "RPET" which is constituted by recycled plastic bottles from the ocean.

TAGS:
sustainability, recycle, reuse, re-purpose, Global warming, climate change, Eco-friendly, Ccilu, GreenPlax, Barefoot comfort

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
As research, globally 1 million plastic bottles are thrown away every minute and only 4% of them are recycled. When dumped in landfills the leached toxins cause a variety of health issues including cancer. In their final destination, they kill the ocean and lives. GreenPlax is the first-ever sneaker with every major component (upper, insole, and outsole) primarily made from recycled plastic bottles, contrastively the other footwears are merely able to use them to make some uppers fabrics.

CHALLENGE:
We overcame the difficulty of material combination between RPET and EVA to make this impossible challenge become possible to invent the first RPET outsole in the world. Entirely made from recycled plastic bottles instead of requiring petrochemical raw materials to save natural resources and reduces the burden on the environment.

ADDED DATE:
2019-12-26 05:14:52

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Wilson Hsu, Steve Hsu, Perry Lang and Joseph Chang

IMAGE CREDITS:
Main visual : Photographer-Alvin Liu(Product manager) / Illustrator-Joseph Chang(Creative director) / Creator-Wilson Hsu(CEO)
Optional Image #No1~4 : Photographer-Alvin Liu(Product manager) / Illustrator-Joseph Chang(Creative director) / Creator-Wilson Hsu(CEO)

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
For patents: "Patented. Patent Holder-Ccilu international. Year-2019. Jurisdiction-US."

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.ccilu.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Ccilu International Inc.

PROFILE:
Launched in 2011, this award-winning lifestyle brand is now sold in more than 60 countries, with 40+ Ccilu stores in Asia and a permanent presence established in North America, under the Ccilu USA banner. Via its sponsorship of the World of Dance live competition tour, and partnerships with PGA TOUR, Swarovski, Warner Bros, and co-branding with Hang Ten, GrandSlam. Ccilu Footwear is expanding its footprint in the USA and worldwide. "Ccilu" (CHEE-loo) means "liberate" in Japanese, and “liberate yourself” is our call to action, a reminder that we each have the power to defy limitations. For Ccilu, this means bringing our creativity and independent spirit to footwear evolution, thanks to Ccilu Footwear’s revolutionary technologies. These have evolved from comfort, fashion and function, to wellness and sustainability: in 2019, Ccilu unveiled XpreSole, a revolutionary technology that converts spent coffee grounds into sole material, reducing harmful methane emissions. www.Ccilu.com

NOMINATION DETAILS

Greenplax Footwear by Ccilu International Inc is a Nominee in Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Greenplax Footwear by Ccilu International Inc is Winner in Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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