Welcome to Project 2020!
This year footballkitbox is aiming to revolutionise the kit world and make a positive effect on the environment while doing so. We are looking for 20 dynamic, progressive clubs to be part of this fantastic project so get in touch soon to confirm if this is for you!
As you may know the fashion industry is the 4th largest contributor to pollution and waste issues currently facing our planet. We live in an age of fast fashion that is churning out more clothes than ever before to a population that is ever increasing. We are also producing a European average of 30 kilos of plastic waste per person per year according to some studies with food and drink packaging making up to 60-70% of this figure. This is creating untold damage to our seas and other eco systems. I live on the west coast of Ireland and often walk the shore dismayed as waves of plastic waste wash up on the shore having spent months or years polluting the marine eco system.
Enough is enough.
We can campaign and lobby all we like and the tide is definitely turning but the easiest thing is to change is ourselves.
So a few months ago I decided to start looking at a way I can make a difference and found a groundbreaking solution.
I found a supplier that can make football shirts from recycled plastic bottles and the idea for BOX3 was born!
Plastic bottles are taken from landfill and a polyester thread is produced. That thread in turn is used in the normal fashion to create a football shirt that looks and feels almost the same as whats on the market at present. Each shirt will re use at least 12 plastic bottles in production AND will create a shirt that in turn can be recycled itself! So if you decided to get involved your team will directly be responsible for taking at least 300 bottles out of landfill!
It’s not a perfect solution as yet. We would have to order a minimum of 300 shirts in the same style which is why we need 20 teams minimum to make this happen. I propose getting the shirts made up and then customising with crests/sponsors/numbers etc. using traditional methods post production. Also the landfill is coming from the far east and the thread is being exported back to Europe for manufacturing so there is a carbon footprint that I would hope to look at for phase 2. I will also look at other suppliers that can manufacture in smaller batches too so we can cater for bespoke options.
Design is very important to us here at footballkitbox so don’t worry you will be guaranteed an absolute worldie of a kit! We currently work with two of the foremost kit designers on the planet Asa and Gus – check out their designs here to get a flavour of what’s in store for you!
Asa – https://www.flipsnack.com/footballkitbox/kit-katalogue-ii.html
The cost of each shirt is expected to be in the region of €25.00 each but if more than 20 teams get involved we can bring the cost down. We will discuss customisation, shipping and any other options with the finalised teams but I will endeavour to keep costs as low as possible. 20 teams involved will take a whopping 3,600 plastic bottles out of landfill!
Every club that gets involved will receive 6 free club branded water bottles made from recycled plastic or a sugar cane based material that is 70% decomposable! These are available to buy also if you are not involved in the kit project.
We are committed to being the most innovative and sustainable kit supplier in the market within the next 5 years.In the next 3 – 6 months we will have a reversible shirt option that uses brand new micro-fibre technology to produce the most lightweight reversible shirt on the market and the ability to have 2 completely different designs on each side. This will reduce your cost and waste as a sports club. In the next 2-3 years we will explore how to recycle your old kits and produce new versions to dramatically reduce clothes waste. In the next 3-5 years we aim to produce kit that builds on current wearable technology methods and create a truly revolutionary kit that can be programmed to display different sponsors/ details and even change design or colour at the click of a button!
This wonderful project is open to everyone no matter the size of the club and will reverberate around the world providing great exposure for your club and community.If you would like to be part of Project 2020 please fill in the form below to register your interest