Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 28 February 2010
Many of the world’s top soccer players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, will be wearing shirts made of old plastic bottles at the World Cup in South Africa.
There will be 9 national teams wearing this gear, including one of the favourites Brazil. The shirts are being made from polyester recycled from used bottles. Each shirt will use up to 8 plastic bottles retrieved from Japanese and Taiwanese landfill sites. Other teams trying out this gear include Portugal, Netherlands and the United States.
Nike, the world’s biggest sports goods manufacturer, says its new shirts will keep players drier and cooler than previous kit while reducing energy consumption in manufacture by 30% compared to normal polyester. A total of 32 teams will be at the month-long finals starting on June 11.
Manufacture of the shirts, which will also be sold to fans, used 13 million plastic bottles— enough to fill 29 football pitches— the US company said in a media release. The bottles were melted to produce polyester yarn.
South Africa says carbon emissions from the World Cup are expected to soar compared with the 2006 tournament in Germany, but it will invest in carbon credits to mitigate the impact. Nearly 7% of the emissions will come from air travel to South Africa.