Nike Outfits World Cup Teams in Jerseys Made From Recycled PET Bottles

by , 03/03/10   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Featured, Men's Eco-Fashion

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If you’re sad that the global camaraderie at the Olympics has come to an end, don’t fret: The World Cup is fast approaching. To add to the excitement, with about 100 days left until the first match, Nike has unveiled its 2010 World Cup kits—or uniforms, for those unfamiliar with soccer jargon. The best part: They’re made from discarded plastic bottles, harvested from landfills in Japan and Taiwan, that were melted down into yarn and then spun into fabric.

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This will be the first time that all of Nike’s national teams, including Brazil, Portugal, and the Netherlands, will be wearing jerseys made from recycled polyester, which the sports-apparel giant is hailing as the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced kits in football history.

With the recycled jerseys, Nike has diverted nearly 13 million plastic bottles from the landfill.

Each shirt comprises up to eight recycled plastic bottles, a move that reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared with manufacturing virgin polyester. Besides saving raw materials, Nike also diverted nearly 13 million plastic bottles (or nearly 560,000 pounds of polyester waste) from the landfill—enough to cover more than 29 football pitches.

If the recycled bottles used to produce the jerseys were laid end to end, according to Nike, they would span more than 3,000 kilometers (roughly 1,860 miles), a distance that exceeds the entire South African coastline. How do you say “amazing” in all the players’ languages?

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6 Responses to “Nike Outfits World Cup Teams in Jerseys Made From Recycled PET Bottles”

  1. [...] Brit Liggett writes for Ecouterre, all of Nike’s national teams, which includes England, Brazil, Portugal, and the Netherlands, [...]

  2. [...] “This will be the first time that all of Nike’s national teams, including Brazil, Portugal, and the Netherlands, will be wearing jerseys made from recycled polyester, which the sports-apparel giant is hailing as the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced kits in football history,” says Ecouterre. [...]

  3. pitidog says:

    Great that these bottles are getting a second life, but keep in mind that they will end up in the landfill after this use – it’s called downcycling, not recycling. So how ’bout we find an alternative to plastic – as a start . . .

  4. [...] While the World Cup isn’t looking so green, some partners are trying to do their part – Nike’s World Cup jerseys are made from recycled PET water bottles – and you and your dog can get in on the recycling action with Planet Dog’s Orbee Tuff [...]

  5. unger says:

    Your readers may also be interested to know that Nike, Adidas, Puma and Umbro, all sponsors of the World Cup, have taken steps to prevent new rainforest clearing in Brazil by pledging to use only deforestation-free leather in their cleats, balls, apparel and other products.

    More information can be found here, http://www.nwf.org/worldcup, including a great video on how the World Cup is saving the Amazon! Also stay up to date on the Facebook page http://bit.ly/dfwl2Z

  6. kaka says:

    The Would Cup is great

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