Volume 94 Issue 48 | p. 14 | Concentrates
Issue Date: December 5, 2016

Adidas kicks off spider silk shoes

Department: Business
Keywords: materials, spider, silk, Adidas, AMSilk, shoe

Adidas, the German sports apparel maker, has developed a fully biodegradable prototype running shoe made from synthetic spider silk. Going by the brand name Biosteel, the fiber is said to be stronger and 15% lighter than any other synthetic fiber. The spider silk was produced by German start-up AMSilk, which uses genetically engineered Escherichia coli to express the silk protein.

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