PHOTO: Nike kit made with recycled plastic
YOU may know that 75% of all Nike shoes and apparel now contain some recycled material. You may also know that Nike has diverted nearly 5 billion plastic bottles from landfills since 2012. But did you know that at least 12 of those bottles form the backbone for every one of Nike’s federation kits — the very uniforms worn in Russia this summer? Nike is the number-one user of recycled polyester in the industry. For both Nike’s Fast Fit Vaporknit kits (worn by Brasil, Croatia, England, Nigeria, Poland and Portugal) and Nike’s Match jerseys (worn by Australia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea), the process involves recycling 12 or 18 recycled plastic drinking bottles, respectively, to produce a fine, high-quality to create the kits, delivering peak performance with a lower impact on the environment.