Following its first sneaker made with sustainable materials, Louis Vuitton is back with its latest sustainable endeavour. Released last year, the Charlie sneaker was made with recycled polyester and corn-based plastic Biopolioli. Now, for its latest eco adventure, the LV Trainer model has received a sustainable update.
First revealed in 2019, at the late Virgil Abloh’s debut Louis Vuitton show, the LV Trainer is no stranger to makeovers. At the beginning of 2021, the model was reworked in an upcycling collection. This saw the original 2019 LV sneaker be taken apart and reconstructed into a new upcycled version of the model.
Now, the brand has launched the first version of this model actually made with sustainable materials. While both the 2019 and 2021 versions of this sneaker were made with calf leather, the newest iteration uses 90 percent recycled and bio-sourced materials. To drive home the sustainable ethos, this model is covered in the LV recycling logo, designed by Abloh and first seen on the 2021 version.
The new sustainable model is available in three different colorways: green, red, and black. With an outsole made with 94% recycled polyurethane, the sneaker’s lightness and comfort is improved. For the lining the brand opted for recycled cotton and the insole is made with 100% recycled polyurethane. The upper of the sneaker consists of recycled polyester and a biodegradable corn plastic material, while the tongue is recycled polyester. It’s sustainable down to the shoe laces, which were made from waste plastic.
All elements of this launch are recycled, including the packaging. The sustainably made shoes come in a 10 percent recyclable cardboard box. Unprocessed kraft paper featuring the LV logo, printed with vegetable ink, covers the sneakers inside. All in all, the brand has said it managed to reduce packaging materials by 70%.
To grab yourself a pair of the eco-friendly LV Trainer, mark your calendar for September and head to the Louis Vuitton website.