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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

Quantifying and Managing Microplastics From Footwear Use: Outsole Loss Through Wear

Five students stand together

Group Members: Andrea Cheung, James Fuller, Teresa Fukuda, Andrew Paterson, Tyanna Bui

Faculty Advisors: Roland Geyer, Patricia Holden

Client: Adidas


Final Presentation


In partnership with Adidas AG, the Future Footwear team seeks to understand the microplastic problem that is generated from the footwear industry within the United States.

Project objectives: Quantify the current magnitude of microplastic pollution generated by outsole materials in footwear through wear loss. Identify the factors with the greatest impact on outsole material loss in footwear.

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