In 2017, Adidas sold over 1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic. The successful initiative prompted the footwear company to continue its alliance with Parley for the Oceans and produce additional products, such as Manchester United Football Club jerseys created with ocean plastic.
The new jersey contains recycled ocean plastic and was inspired by the team’s 1968 European Cup Final win. Said Manchester United director Richard Arnold said in a statement: “We are all acutely aware of the threat of plastic to the environment and we are delighted to be able to raise further awareness with this recycled kit, which I am sure the fans will love.”
The Manchester United jersey is navy blue and is adorned with gold detailing. The upcycled plastic in the clothing is sourced from beaches, coastal communities, and shorelines. As Inhabitat reports, the throwback celebrates the 50th anniversary of the team’s European Cup victory. However, the blue also calls to mind the world’s oceans which are drowning in plastic pollution.
Said Adidas Category Product Director, Oliver Nicklisch: “We all need to change the way we think and act towards our oceans…By working with Manchester United to create new, stunning jerseys made with Parley Ocean Plastic, we hope that we can highlight the issue of plastic damaging our oceans, and ultimately encourage and inspire football fans to join us in creating a better environment for everyone.”
The jerseys aren’t just for show. Later this summer, the team will don the Manchester United jerseys while on tour in the United States. If you’d like to sport the team’s jersey, as well as proclaim your love for the environment, you can purchase one on Adidas’ website.