UEFA, football’s governing body in Europe, has released a new report emphasising the urgent need to make sport more sustainable.
The report, called Playing for our Planet, was produced with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and contains examples of how making the transition to sustainability is both necessary and comes with major benefits.
The upsides of embedding sustainability include reduced costs from efficiency savings; reduced impacts from climate change; and greater innovation in infrastructure and operations.
Sport has a unique ability to engage tens of millions of people around the world; the report makes clear that if clubs and institutions accelerate their efforts then their reach will be “unparalleled”.
However, as the report makes clear few sports bodies “can truly say they are tackling sustainability in full.” World Sailing is one of them, and it has created a sustainability strategy with clear objectives. These are underlined by three pillars: environmental, social and economic. Its work to incorporate sustainability across all associations within its 146 member countries recently earned the federation an international accreditation.
Major League Soccer (MLS) is scoring a goal against plastic pollution this Earth Day, with help from a unique, eco-friendly product.
All 23 MLS teams playing Earth Day weekend, from Friday, April 20 to Sunday April 22, will wear special Adidas jerseys made from Parley Ocean Plastic™, an Adidas press release announced April 10.
Parley Ocean Plastic™ is an upcycled material made by Parley for the Oceans, and organization dedicated to raising awareness about environmental threats to the oceans and designing products that help protect these precious ecosystems. Their products are made from plastic washed up on beaches or in coastal communities and then converted into technical fibers that can be used to make shoes or clothing, like the jerseys MLS players will wear this weekend.
“Creating change and playing soccer feels very similar. You strategize, you dive into the game and give everything you have. That’s why you never truly lose. You just get better and better. And suddenly victory is yours, as if it is the most normal thing in life,” Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch said in the Adidas release.
Parley has designed other innovative products in addition to the Earth Day jerseys, which fans of either soccer or the oceans can purchase from Adidas or the MLS store. On March 31, it released a special version of the Adidas Originals NMD_CS1 design. Parley also partnered with Soma to design a reusable water bottle with a sleeve made of the equivalent of two plastic bottles washed up on remote islands or coastal towns. A limited run of the bottles will be available from more than 5,000 Starbucks in the U.S. and Canada.
MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative is gearing up to host the Third Annual Greener Goals Week of Service, April 16-20 leading up to Earth Day weekend. League-wide efforts will be conducted on and off the field to highlight Major League Soccer’s commitment to environmental sustainability. MLS club and League office staff, as well as members of the National Sales Center, will volunteer their time and give back in partnership with local charitable organizations. Week of Service efforts and other green initiatives conducted by MLS clubs will be promoted throughout the week across MLS social and digital channels.
In conjunction with Greener Goals Week of Service, Major League Soccer has collaborated with adidas to support Parley for the Oceans. MLS players will wear special adidas kits during Week 8 matches (April 20-22), built of technical yarns made using Parley Ocean Plasticâ¢. This collaboration was first introduced in 2017 when four MLS clubs – New York City FC, Orlando City SC, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC – donned the MLS x Parley kits on Earth Day. The 2018 edition of the jerseys will be supported by all 23 clubs and comes in two colorways, non-dye and carbon, differentiating the two teams in each game. Also new this year, the exclusive adidas 2018 MLS Parley jerseys will be available for purchase at MLSStore.com and adidas.com and in select in-stadium retailers beginning April 10.
Each product is crafted using Parley Ocean Plastic™ upcycled from plastic waste intercepted on beaches and in coastal communities. Once collected, the original plastic source is reworked into technical fibers that can then be repurposed for use in either apparel or footwear. To commemorate this unique process of repurposing plastic debris, the message “For the Oceans” is featured in the inside of the neck tape detailing, and each club’s name is featured on the back-neck. The jerseys are then shipped in recyclable envelopes.
In addition, MLS WORKS will share #GreenerGoals tips to educate the soccer community on ways to create a cleaner environment, including the reduction of plastic pollution. Beginning, April 16, fans will be encouraged to apply these tips and share images and videos of their actions (through social media). The grand prize winner will receive an MLS x Parley jersey of their choice.
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