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Sportswear superbrand Nike have unveiled the new Manchester United Club Kits to showcase a new design approach, whilst maximising performance they intend on minimising environmental impact. The design of the kits reflects the traditional graphics unique to United while made of lightweight recycled fabric.
The new season strips have been designed with a combination of renewable fabric sourcing and a selection of unique design influences based on the club’s rich history.
Nike used recycled polyester fabric and up to eight recycled plastic water bottles from disposal sites in Japan and Taiwan in the kits. The bottles are cleaned, disinfected, reduced to tiny flakes and melted down into yarn and spun for fabrication. The process uses 30% less energy than manufacturing traditional polyester.
Nike calls the new material their ‘Dri-FIT’ fabric which is 13% lighter than previous kits and accelerates moisture evaporation. They claim the fabric is 7% more breathable than previous kits as strategic ventilation zones are positioned along the sides of the jerseys and at other points.
The kit is produced with a double knit structure and a dynamic fit to give it a sleeker appearance whilst offering 10% more stretch than the previous jersey.
In time for the new season, many other clubs have followed suit including Arsenal, Glasgow Celtic and Inter Milan. The new kit is the most eco-friendly and technologically advanced kit in football history.
The design for the new Manchester United away shirt will be white with a black and red trim and bold chevron prints on the sleeves. The home kit will be sporting a collar for the first time since Nike became the official kit supplier in 2002. The new sponsor Aon features in a large bold print on the chest. On the inside of the shirt, underneath the logo is the club’s mantra “believe” which sits next to the heart.