Major League Soccer and adidas are once again raising awareness and inspiring action surrounding the impact of marine plastic waste by featuring customized Primeblue uniforms made from a high-performance recycled material and Parley Ocean Plastic™. The 2022 Primeblue jerseys are available to purchase starting today at MLSstore.com and SportingStyle.com.
Sporting Kansas City will wear the club's custom Primeblue kit this Saturday when the team takes on Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Children's Mercy Park in conjunction with the annual Sporting Sustainability theme night. Kick off is set for 8 p.m. CT and tickets are available online, including the 2022 Grad Pack and the Michelob Ultra Moment Pack.
Sporting KC and adidas are also teaming up on a sustainability initiative on the Mazuma Plaza following Saturday's match. Fans can pick up an adidas reusable tote as well as a mailer to take home and fill with donations to send to the adidas Give Back program. The Give Back program accepts gently used clothes and shoes from any brand and rewards participants with adiClub points and vouchers to use on adidas.com.
Committed to taking steps to address its environmental impact, MLS and adidas’ teamed up to create Primeblue jerseys which are 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 technical fibers that can then be repurposed for use in either apparel or footwear. The high-performance yarn features more than 50% Parley Ocean Plastic™ on each jersey.
“Major League Soccer is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and raising awareness about environmental issues, including plastic waste on land and in water,” said JoAnn Neale, MLS’ President and Chief Administrative Officer. “We are thrilled to have an innovative partner like adidas that enables our clubs to sport kits that inspire the soccer community to join together to preserve our ocean and create a cleaner world.”
In addition to Primeblue jerseys being worn on field by clubs throughout the weekend’s matches, many MLS clubs have made efforts in their local communities to create sustainable projects and educate people on the harmful impact of marine plastic pollution. The activations build off MLS WORKS’ Greener Goals initiative which raises awareness about environmental issues in the soccer community.