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A lighter footprint for a brighter tomorrow

We're bringing the benefits of Sound Mind, Sound Body to the world we love to move in by reducing our emissions.

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What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas generated over a product’s life cycle. We’re committed to reducing our CO₂ emissions throughout the value chain, so we’re being transparent about how we measure and continuously work to reduce our emissions.

We care about our emissions

We measure the carbon emissions at each stage of a product’s life cycle. Below, we’ve explained the carbon footprint of our GEL-KAYANO™ 30, one of ASICS' pinnacle running shoes.

Learn more about our calculation methodology here .


1. Materials

Processes to acquire finished materials include:

  • Raw material extraction
  • Yarn formation
  • Textile formation
  • Dyeing
  • Finishing

Materials-related carbon emissions for the GEL-KAYANO™ 30 shoe total 4.7 kg CO 2 e/pair.


2. Manufacturing

Processes for product manufacturing include:

  • Cutting
  • Sewing
  • Gluing
  • Embroidering
  • Assembling

Manufacturing-related carbon emissions for the GEL-KAYANO™ 30 shoe total 4.7 kg CO 2 e/pair.


3. Transportation

Processes for transporting materials during all stages of the product's life cycle include:

  • Acquiring materials from suppliers
  • Sending products from factories to retail shops
  • Returns
  • Transporting waste to disposal facilities

Transportation-related carbon emissions for the GEL-KAYANO™ 30 shoe total 0.4 kg CO 2 e/pair.

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4. Use

Process-related carbon emissions for the GEL-KAYANO™ 30 shoe total 0.03 kg CO 2 e/pair.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), we’ve based our use emissions on the ASICS shoe care guidelines.

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5. End of Life

Processes for disposal include:

  • Disposal of used shoes
  • Recycling of shoe packaging materials
  • Disposal of materials used during manufacture

Disposal-related carbon emissions for the GEL-KAYANO™ 30 shoe total 0.8 kg CO 2 e/pair*.

* As ASICS’ products are sold globally, we use industrial or global representative scenarios to calculate disposal-related carbon emissions.


10.7 kg CO2/pair

The GEL-KAYANO™ 30 shoe’s carbon footprint is 14% lower than the industry average.*

Learn more about our sustainability commitments and progress.

*Assessed using consistent methodology across ASICS’ carbon footprint methodology and the most comprehensive reporting available for industry average running shoes, conducted by MIT ( report ).

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The lightest carbon footprint ever achieved in a trainer (as of September 2022).