University of Miami hits a home run for plastic pollution with ‘Parley for the Oceans’ baseball uniforms

University of Miami hits a home run for plastic pollution with ‘Parley for the Oceans’ baseball uniforms

April 29, 2019
Press Release: adidas

The adidas x Parley partnership is pushing forward with even more environmentally-conscious sportswear, this time lacing the University of Miami baseball squad with an exclusive set of jerseys to be worn this season

The University of Miami and adidas have unveiled what they state is the first-ever baseball jerseys utilizing re-purposed and upcycled materials created in partnership with ‘Parley for the Oceans’. To raise awareness of marine plastic pollution and champion the Parley AIR (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) Strategy for solutions, the new, ocean-inspired adidas x Parley Miami baseball uniforms were debuted at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, where the ‘Hurricanes’ took on Virginia Tech.

Spinning threat into thread, the adidas x Parley partnership gives new purpose to plastic waste by reworking the captured pollution into Parley Ocean Plastic, a range of materials made from upcycled marine plastic debris intercepted on beaches and in coastal communities, to create the adidas x Parley Miami baseball uniforms.

Crafted with the environment in mind and engineered for elite performance, the adidas x Parley Miami baseball jerseys feature 100% recycled polyester mesh. The result is a durable yet breathable jersey material that adheres to the drags, sprints and swings necessary for a player’s optimal movement and fast journeys around the diamond. In addition to the eco-innovative construction, the Hurricanes’ trademark collegiate orange and dark green jerseys are highlighted with the ‘Miami’ wordmark and player numbers that utilize a 100%-recycled twill embroidered with a dark green thread.

To both complete the Hurricanes’ eco-friendly look and shed more light on the fight against marine pollution, players donned the new adidas x Parley adizero Afterburner 5.0 and Icon cleats – the first  high-performance baseball cleats made from upcycled plastic materials. The game on April 26 marked the first time that eco-conscious footwear will be debuted for NCAA baseball competition.

Additionally, coaches and sideline personnel were also decked out in Parley gear, including the newest iterations from the adidas Deerupt Parley collection, to emphasize the team and brand’s dedication to minimizing its environmental impact.

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