Nike is repurposing parts of its sneakers to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers in desperate need of crucial supplies. The Oregon-based company is creating full-face shields and air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to help health professionals at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Nike said in a press release. Nike looked at the face shields workers at OSHU are currently using and reproduced them with various components from the brand’s products. Collar padding that was supposed to be used in shoes and cords that were originally going to be used for apparel are now going into face shields.Most importantly, the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) used in Nike Air soles is also being used in the shields. In addition to the face shields, Nike will also manufacture PAPR helmets, which are “used in situations with the most airborne pathogen exposure and are essential to the most critical procedures and care of infected patients,” the press release reads.  Nike and other brands are using their factories to making PPE and other crucial health care supplies. Nike “Without proper facial protection, health care workers are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, which could place substantial strain on the health

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