Nike uses 16000 materials for its products



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Nike uses about 16,000 distinct materials across all its products (2019, WRI report)

While one would have indeed assumed that a large global leader such as Nike would be using a plethora of materials, 16,000 is still far beyond what many would have imagined.

It is likely that many other large apparel and accessories groups use similar, large numbers of distinct materials.

Makes it that much more challenging in the company’s shift towards sustainability, doesn't it, having to deal with so many, many materials?

How are Nike and other leading global brands managing sustainability in their sourcing with so many materials to take care of?

What could be other ways to go about doing it? Rationalize the number of different materials to make it more manageable? Or look at those materials used with the highest ecological impact and just focus on those alone? Any other suggestions?