Despite the different continental tournaments just ending, and in dramatic fashion, as well as the 2020 Olympics finally just weeks away, Nike is already looking towards the forthcoming 2021-22 season of international football.
Since May, the global sportswear brand has been revealing, one-by-one, the home and away kits for its sponsored clubs. And while they of course feature fun, heritage-driven design elements, the jerseys also put Nike’s sustainability commitments front and center.
So far, Nike has unveiled next season’s kits for FC Internazionale Milano, Liverpool F.C., Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea. All of these official on-pitch tops are constructed with a 100% recycled polyester fabric, one that is made from discarded plastic bottles. What’s more is that Nike has stated that the replica jerseys for fans will also be built from the same eco-friendlier material.
This thoughtful, Earth-before-performance material use is part of Nike’s Move To Zero program. This sustainability-focused arm of the sportswear brand’s business was developed to keep Nike on the path to a zero carbon, zero waste future, a future that protects and nurtures sport and its various playing fields.
Nike has made a long-list of eco-conscious commitments to further advance Move To Zero, including a 65% absolute carbon reduction in owned or operated facilities and 30% reduction across its extended supply chain by 2030.
As mentioned, these kits also incorporate some playful, attentive designs. FC Internazionale Milano’s home kit features a snakeskin-inspired print, marking the first time in 10 years that its jersey references the serpent. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur’s home kit pays homage to its 100-year-old cockerel crest with a subtle, elegant update. Also, Atlético de Madrid’s new jersey commemorates the 75th anniversary of the club’s current name, reimagining the first red-and-white kit from 1947.
Nike’s 2021-22 kits have already begun to release at club shops, international flagship stores, and nike.com.
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