Olympic outfits use recycled PET

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: September 20, 2012 6:00 am ET

Kenyan world marathon champion Abel Kirui wore this recycled PET shirt at the 2012 Olympics. (Nike Inc. photo)

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Design

BOSTON (Sept. 20, 1:50 p.m. ET) — The 2012 Olympic games in London provided a platform for more than athletes. For Nike Inc., it was also a chance to show how far — and how fast — plastics recycling could go.

On the basketball court, the gold-medal-winning Team USA wore shorts and jerseys made from polyester recycled from an average of 22 PET water bottles.

On the track, full-body speed suits from Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike used an average of 13 water bottles’ worth of polyester, while Kenya’s Abel Kirui wore a shirt made from the equivalent of three water bottles on his way to a silver medal at the Olympics.

In more design news, check out this video of art students designing concepts for home health care during PolyOne Corp.'s "design storm."

Though recycled PET has been used in polyester textiles for years, the demands for elite-performance athletes are far different, according to Scott Williams, Nike’s creative director for sports innovation and the Olympics. At the Olympics level, any change to materials or design raises issues that weekend athletes may not even notice, Williams said during the Industrial Designers Society of America annual meeting, held Aug. 15-18 in Boston.

Nike’s Pro TurboSpeed track suit, for instance, was created for premium aerodynamics, capable of allowing the runner to finish a 100-meter run 0.023 second faster with the suit than without it, according to the company. That fraction of a second can be the difference between winning a medal and coming away empty-handed.

“Elite athletes demand high-performance technology that delivers every time they train and race,” said Martin Lotti, Nike global design director for the Olympics.

Nike’s first recycled PET shirts were worn by two runners at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but the firm’s first big push into post-consumer recycled polyester — part of its “Considered” program — came during the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

At Beijing, the track and field athletes from 17 countries wore uniforms from recycled PET. At the 2011 European soccer championships, every team used uniforms made with recycled polyester.

“Considered” products went into 82 percent of the track uniforms in London, Nike said.

 

By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C

found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/.

—>

This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon

as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after

the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line.

—>


Comments

Olympic outfits use recycled PET

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: September 20, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

The milk man will be toting plastic bottles to UK homes in the future

September 22, 2014 11:17 am ET

The United Kingdom's largest dairy company is about to replace its final glass bottles with plastic.    More

Image

Poland's Boryszew to work with Mitsui on lightweight auto parts

September 22, 2014 10:12 am ET

European plastics car parts maker Boryszew Group has signed a letter of intent to work with the Japanese investment and trading conglomerate Mitsui & ...    More

Image

Dunkin' Donuts looking at PP to replace foam cups

September 19, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Dunkin' Donuts is testing a new polypropylene coffee cup that the company believes could help boost recycling.    More

Image

Study: 75 percent of Australia's ocean debris is plastic

September 18, 2014 7:48 pm ET

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia's beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-...    More

Image

P&G removing PE microbeads from its Crest brand toothpaste

September 18, 2014 1:57 pm ET

After months of prodding, Procter & Gamble Co., the makers of Crest brand toothpastes, say polyethlene microbeads will be completely removed from its ...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events