Today marks the start of the World Cup!
One story that caught our eye here at The PBC was that both Nike and Adidas are making eco-friendly football kits for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia from recycled plastic bottles! So, how do they do it?
Nike said it used around 16 million plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in landfill sites or the ocean. That’s enough bottles to cover 28 soccer pitches!
Once collected and cleaned, the bottles are chopped into tiny flakes and taken to a chemical plant where they are melted down to make the polyester yarn from which the shirts are made. You can see the whole interesting process here…
The final result is fantastic looking eco-friendly football shirt worthy of the football stars that wear them! Going forward it means the shirts are easier to recycle and the process reduces energy consumption by up to 30%. Other clothing manufacturers such as Gant are now following suit and investing in the same technology to provide a range of eco-friendly clothing.
And it doesn’t end with football shirts – Adidas also last year introduced running shoes made of upcycled plastics in conjunction with Parley for the Oceans they reuse 11 plastic bottles per pair and feature laces, heel lining and sock liner covers made from other recycled materials.
For Adidas, turning pollution into high-performance products is just part of a wider scheme to raise awareness of the problem. Last year, they stopped using plastic bags in retail stores for paper ones and, as a result have eliminated almost 70 million plastic shopping bags.
Nike supplied shirts made from recycled bottles for ten teams and Adidas supplied recycled shirts for twelve teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Whichever team is victorious we think these shirts have scored a hat-trick for recycling!