USA World Cup Jerseys to Be Made from Recycled Plastic

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Already suffering from post-Olympics withdrawal of international sports competition? Well, the World Cup is less than 100 days away, and Team USA will debut its new jerseys in a match against the Netherlands on March 3.

Manufactured by Nike, this year’s uniforms (known as “kits” in soccer terms) hold extra significance, as they are made from recycled plastic bottles. Nike also uses recycled PETE in uniforms for eight other sports teams.

According to the World Cup blog, the plastic was sourced from landfills in Japan and Taiwan. This resulted in 13 million plastic bottles being reprocessed into recycled polyester.

Each kit will be 100 percent recycled content and comprised of eight plastic bottles. All replica jerseys that are available for fans to purchase will also be made of recycled material.

PETE is a member of the polyester family, meaning it can be melted down and used as a polyester alternative in fabric. Another common use for recycled PETE is to shred it into flakes and use it as lining for jackets and sleeping bags.

This is not Nike’s first experiment with recycled athletic clothing. In 2008, it released a sneaker called Trash Talk made from manufacturing waste.

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Trey Granger is a former senior waste stream analyst for Earth911.
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