By Matthew Roscoe • 01 March 2021 • 11:08
World’s Greenest Football Club Launches New Shirt Made of Coffee Waste.
FOREST GREEN ROVERS have long been recognised as the World’s Greenest Football Club with world governing body Fifa acknowledging them as “the greenest football club in the world” in 2017 and becoming the first club to become carbon-neutral in 2018. And this latest move keeps the club moving forward in the same vein.
The club’s latest green initiative sees the introduction of shirts partly made of coffee waste and although players already wear shirts made of bamboo, owner Dale Vince says using leftover coffee grounds makes them more eco-friendly and lighter to wear.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Vince said: “It’s just about not using a virgin material.
“The shirts are a combination of coffee grounds and recyclable plastic bottles, which is a special process, so everything in them is recycled or organic.
“We think it’s lighter than the bamboo, and apparently it breathes better, which is a surprise to me, but there is a performance benefit from minimising plastic because you sweat more and get hotter.
“But you need that blend because the shirts also need to be super tough.”
The vegan and environmentally friendly League Two club serves vegan food to its players and first introduced its part-bamboo kit almost two years ago. Vince has also said that the club is planning a new stadium made entirely out of wood.
Speaking about other clubs starting to use recycled plastic as part of their shirts, Vince, who founded a green electricity company in 1996, added: “Taking plastic out of the ocean and using it to make clothes is a great thing to do.
“I don’t think it will be long until all clubs are using recycled materials for their kits.”
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