Last week Parley and adidas announced another eco-friendly collaborative effort into the soccer world. Having previously worked with the likes of Bayern and Real Madrid, this years partnership took it stateside with four MLS teams. The Galaxy, Sounders, Orlando city and NYCFC all received kits which were created from recycled plastics found in the ocean via Parley’s clean-up operations. This last Saturday April 22nd was earth day, what better day for all four teams to rock the kits as they faced-off against one another during MLS’s Soccer Sunday action. We were on hand at Yankee Stadium for a clash between NYCFC and Orlando City in which both squads proudly rocked their fresh Parley X adidas kits.
After the success of their collaborative kits with Bayern and Madrid, the adidas X Parley contingent has teamed up with MLS for more incredibly unique kits made from recycled plastic found in the ocean. As with the previous releases, the initiative serves to raise awareness around the harmful impact of marine plastic pollution. With that in mind, the new MLS white and grey jerseys employ fresh, alternative colorway details. They are crafted from Parley Ocean Plastic upcycled from marine plastic which is intercepted by Parley clean-up operations in coastal areas of the Maldives. Once collected, the original plastic source is reworked into technical fibers that are re-purposed for use in apparel or footwear. In this particular iteration, the jerseys will be worn by MLS clubs. To commemorate this unique process of re-purposing the aforementioned marine plastic debris, the message “For the Oceans” is featured on the back-neck tape detailing, found inside each jersey.
“Major League Soccer and our clubs are committed to raising awareness about environmental issues through the League’s Greener Goals platform. Off the pitch, we’ll service our local communities as part of MLS WORKS Week of Service leading up to Earth Day, and we’re thrilled to support efforts on the field with adidas and Parley For the Oceans to help create a cleaner, healthier environment.” -JoAnn Neale, Chief Administrative & Social Responsibility Officer, Major League Soccer
The kits will be seen in action as the four teams that participated in the initiative will face-off Sunday, April 23rd when New York City FC host Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium, and when LA Galaxy welcome reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders FC at StubHub Center.
For more on the adids MLS X Parley kits go to adidas.com