Soccer shirts made of waste coffee grounds

These soccer shirts are made of waste coffee grounds

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DALE VINCE, CHAIRMAN OF FOREST GREEN ROVERS , SAYING:"Typically, three coffee cups worth of bean waste and five plastic water bottles that are used to make one shirt."

English club Forest Green Rovers has been recognized by FIFA

as the "world's greenest football club"

It's owned by the 'green energy' entrepreneur Dale Vince

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DALE VINCE, CHAIRMAN OF FORREST GREEN ROVERS , SAYING:"We've been working for a few years with our kit partner PlayerLayer, looking for more sustainable materials for shirts. This is after I learnt that the default for a modern sports kit had really become 100 percent plastic, which didn't make a lot of sense to me from an environment perspective, but also from a performance perspective, because plastic makes you sweat and it takes energy to cool yourself down. So we went looking for alternatives and came up with bamboo about two years ago. And since then we've been looking for more sustainable versions. And they came up with coffee a few months ago."

Video Transcript

- Typically, three coffee cups worth of bean waste and five plastic water bottles that are used to make one shirt.

We've been working for a few years with our kit partner, PlayerLayer, looking for more sustainable materials for shirts. This is after I learned that the default for a modern sports kit had really become 100% plastic, which didn't make a lot of sense to me, from an environment perspective, but also from a performance perspective. Because you know, plastic makes you sweat, and it takes energy to cool yourself down. So we went looking for alternatives and came up with bamboo about two years ago, and since then, we've been looking for more sustainable versions. And they came up with coffee a few months ago.