Nike introduces shirts made from recycled plastic bottles

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All of Nike's national teams, including Brazil, Portugal and the Netherlands, will take to the pitch in South Africa this summer wearing jerseys made from up to eight recycled plastic bottles.

Nike unveiled the shirts that will be worn by the players and fans of the eight national teams it sponsors at a global media event at Battersea Power Station in London on Thursday night.

Nike's 2010 national team jerseys made from recycled plastic bottlesNike's 2010 national team jerseys made from recycled plastic bottles
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To make the 2010 national team kits, Nike's fabric suppliers sourced discarded plastic bottles from Japanese and Taiwanese landfill sites and then melted them down to produce new yarn that was ultimately converted to fabric for the jerseys.

This process saves raw materials and reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to manufacturing virgin polyester.

By using recycled polyester for its new range of national jerseys, Nike prevented nearly 13 million plastic bottles, totaling nearly 254,000 kg of polyester waste, from going into landfill sites.

Considering the environment doesn't mean sacrificing the innovative performance elements of Nike's kits.

For this summer's finals, the kits have been designed to keep players drier, cooler and more comfortable, allowing them to maintain an optimum body temperature and perform at their best on the pitch.

The teams wearing Nike's new hi-tech kits in South Africa are Brazil, The Netherlands, Portugal, USA, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Away national team kits will be available starting February 25th while national team home kits will be available May 1st.

They are available at local Nike store locations and on and

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