New jerseys worn by young members of the Boy Scouts of America will be made from 100 percent recycled materials that are manufactured in the USA, according to an announcement by SustainU, a maker of sustainable clothing for students.
The “Americana,” “Varsity Performance” and “Hiker” jerseys used by the Boy Scouts will soon be made using REPREVE, a 100 percent recycled yarn fiber created from sued PET water bottles and pre- and post-consumer waste from manufacturing processes.
“REPREVE is a natural fit for the Boy Scouts of America apparel program,” said Roger Berrier, president and COO for Unifi, the company that manufactures the fabric. ”REPREVE helps conserve and reduce our dependency on our precious natural resources for our future generations to enjoy.”
Athletic gear is often made from synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon because they are flexible, quick-drying, and more durable than natural fibers. Unfortunately, these fabrics are created from crude oil that must pass through long and resource intensive refining processes.
The company states that on average, every pound of REPREVE yarn conserves the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline.
“Most people don’t realize that approximately 68 pounds of clothing per person in the United States is thrown away every year, which amounts to about 10 percent of all the waste in landfills today,” states Chris Yura, founder and CEO of SustainU. “By using REPREVE in the BSA apparel, we’re delivering a comfortable, high performance shirt that is helping to minimize the environmental impact of apparel production.”
The Americana jersey is currently available, and the Varsity Performance top will debut later this fall
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