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In a move towards greater sustainability, this season’s LFC shirt is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
It’s part of the Move to Zero initiative by Nike, who manufactures the shirts.
Though the kits are made from waste, a Nike spokesperson insists there will be no compromise on quality.
Seana Hannah, Nike’s vice president of sustainable innovation, says the home, away and third kits have been made using cutting edge technology, providing cooling and breathability.
“The Liverpool kits used the recycled polyester but also the precision-knitting process where we can knit in reinforcements or knit in venting where there are heat areas,” Hannah said.
She continued: “Those two things together – the material and the process – we actually have better performance. It’s more breathable and has more stretch than the previous kits.”
Nike’s Move to Zero plan
Through its Move to Zero initiative, Nike has pledged a number of carbon-cutting measures. This includes powering its owned-and-operated facilities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.
And by using recycled plastic in the manufacture of its jerseys and Flyknit shoes, the company diverts over a billion plastic bottles from landfills each year.
LFC sustainability efforts
This is not the first sustainability drive for the Reds. Earlier this year, Liverpool FC announced it was partnering with Quorn as part of an effort to cut its carbon footprint.
The partnership includes providing vegetarian and vegan products to supporters on match days. The company will also work with the club’s nutrition team to extend food options for the playing staff.