Nike produced PPEs from repurposed apparel and sneaker parts for COVID-19 frontliners

Nike transformed its technology to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The sportswear giant’s version of the full-face shield transforms elements of the brand’s footwear and apparel into much-needed PPE.


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They repurposed the collar padding originally made for shoes, cords that were made for their apparel, and the TPU component of a Nike signature – the Nike Air soles – to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to protect against the coronavirus disease.

Nike’s innovation, manufacturing, and product teams have worked together with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to provide for this urgent need. According to the OHSU School of Medicine’s Miko Enomoto, M.D., “Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instill an added layer of confidence and support for healthcare workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do.”

The PAPR lenses and full-face shields will be provided to health systems in the brand’s world headquarters region, including Providence, Legacy Health Systems and Kaiser Permanente, and others across the state of Oregon. The first batch of donations was said to be delivered already to OHSU last Friday, April 3, 2020.

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