Committed to taking action to reduce its environmental impact, MLS and adidas have teamed up to create Primeblue jerseys made from plastics intercepted from beaches, coastal communities and shorelines, preventing them from polluting the ocean. Once collected, the original plastic source is reworked into engineered fibers which can then be repurposed for use in clothing or footwear. The high performance yarn contains over 50% Parley Ocean Plastic™ on each jersey.
“Major League Soccer is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and raising awareness of environmental issues, including plastic waste on land and in water,” said MLS President and Chief Executive Officer JoAnn Neale. “We are thrilled to have an innovative partner like adidas who empower our clubs to wear kits that inspire the football community to come together to preserve our ocean and create a cleaner world.”
In addition to the Primeblue shirts worn on the pitch by clubs throughout weekend matches, many MLS clubs have made efforts in their local communities to create sustainable projects and educate people about the harmful impact of marine plastic pollution. The activations build on MLS WORKS’ Greener Goals initiative which raises awareness of environmental issues in the football community.