In a nod to their location along the Atlantic Ocean, the Miami Hurricanes football team will be wearing uniforms made from recycled ocean trash.
According to USA Today, the University of Miami football team’s alternate uniform was designed in partnership with adidas and Parley for the Oceans and will be worn by the team during their season opener against LSU.
The special edition uniforms, cleats and gloves are made from different recycled materials. The uniforms are made from 70 percent ECONYL yarn, a raw material repurposed from fishing nets and other nylon waste that’s been removed from the ocean. The Hurricanes’ cleats will be the first eco-conscious footwear ever worn in an NCAA football game.
"Our players and staff are excited to wear the new adidas Parley jerseys and gear for our season opener. We're also excited that adidas and Parley are teaming up with UM to help promote sustainability around the world," University of Miami head football coach Mark Richt said. "Community service has always been an integral part of our football program, and this partnership with adidas and Parley helps us continue those efforts."
Starting August 27, the Miami x Parley A1 uniforms will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to launch a fund for educational research.