The Philadelphia Union will be wearing a generic jersey made out of recycled marine plastics for their April 21 game at FC Dallas as part of a league-wide partnership with an environmental organization concerned with the threat of ocean plastic pollution.
The white jersey with black trim will also include a black and white Bimbo logo instead of the traditional red, white and blue logo for their bread company jersey sponsor, since the jerseys will all be “non-dye.”
It’s not the first time the Bimbo logo has been a different color — the Bethlehem Steel FC homage jerseys had an orange one-color retro Bimbo logo on a black jersey — but it does blend in better with the jersey, even if it is by design pretty bland and indistinguishable from the other teams wearing white.
Unlike last year when the jerseys were gray and white, there will be a more welcome contrast of black and white between the two opposing teams. A limited number of jerseys for all 23 teams are also available for sale this time around (D.C. United are off next weekend, but they have one available too).
The jerseys were crafted using “upcycled plastic intercepted on beaches and in coastal communities,” according to a press release, “Once collected, the original plastic source is reworked into technical fibers that can then be repurposed for use in either apparel or footwear.”
The message “For the Oceans” is featured in the inside of the neck tape detailing, and each club’s name is featured on the back-neck.
Parley and adidas first forged a partnership in 2015 and through the collaboration the apparel company has “committed to increasing the use of eco-innovative materials such as Parley Ocean Plastic™ in its products as a replacement for virgin plastic.”