The All Blacks have revealed a brand new Adidas 2019 training range, that is unique in being the first rugby apparel made from recycled Parley Ocean Plastic.
Parley Ocean Plastic is created in partnership between Adidas and environmental organisation Parley For The Oceans, and takes plastic waste from the ocean, weaves it into thread, and uses it to make garments and footwear.
The collection features a pair of training jerseys – one of which features a hooped ‘breaking wave’ graphic – plus a hoodie, tshirts, and the usual training gear you’d expect, all made with intercepted and upcycled marine plastic waste woven into the fabric of the apparel, “spinning the threat into thread”, as Adidas puts it.
Back in 2018, All Blacks Beauden Barrett, Sam Whitelock and Jack Goodhue got to see first hand the impact that marine plastic pollution is having on our oceans and coastlines when they visited Motuihe Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, for an education with Parley ambassadors.
“The boys were incredibly inspired by their visit to Motuihe and wanted to make a change,” said Barrett afterwards. “The Adidas x Parley partnership is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something special and it’s good to know that we are playing a small part in highlighting the devastation that plastic is causing the oceans.”
The All Blacks will wear their new training gear throughout the 2019 Rugby Championship, and is available to buy now.