Plastic-recycled World Cup jerseys

My colleague Andy Brice actually send me this Sunday Times article in February about Nike’s 2010 World Cup team soccer kits made from plastic bottle recycled polyester.

According to Nike, all of Nike’s national teams are wearing jerseys (and other soccer attire) made entirely from recycled polyester, each one produced from up to eight recycled plastic bottles. Nike’s teams include Brasil, The Netherlands, Portugal, USA, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Nike’s fabric suppliers sourced the discarded plastic bottles from Japanese and Taiwanese landfill sites and then melted them down to produce new polyester yarn.

This kind of reminds me of Teijin’s Eco Circle program

Nike said their products were able to reduce energy consumption by up to 30% compared to manufacturing virgin polyester, and prevented 13m plastic bottles, totaling nearly 254,000 kg of polyester waste, from going into landfill sites.

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