With the launch of Mizuno Wave Rider 25, featuring our newest midsole technology, MIZUNO ENERZY, with Mizuno’s historical “Wave Plate” embedded in the foam. This wave plate is made with Arkema Pebax® Rnew® polymer, a bio-based thermoplastic derived from castor beans. The result is an exceptional energy return and a very comfortable running experience.
On this occasion, the Mizuno and Pebax® Powered® teams created a video showing the journey of the castor bean, from the farms in India to the Wave Rider 25 shoe. The castor beans are harvested in the Gujarat region and then crushed to produce castor oil, which is refined and transformed into Pebax® polymer. This material has a unique mix of strength, flexibility, and elasticity properties. It is finally molded into the innovative Mizuno Wave Plate, offering excellent properties of resistance, flexibility, and elasticity.
Arkema is the world’s leading producer of high-performance bio-sourced polymers derived from castor oil and is one of the four founding members of the “Pragati” project, an initiative designed to educate farmers in India on how to cultivate castor beans more effectively and ecologically. Since its launch in 2016, this project has certified more than 2,700 Indian farmers.
Every smooth stretch of asphalt strengthens us. Every quad-burning mile builds us. Every run can take us to a better place. Forward We Go.
Published: June 2021