We at Sustainable Sports have felt that there are huge gaps in the football kit market. For a start, many football kit makers believe that it is still ok to only offer unisex kits (or basically kits designed to fit men) to clubs fielding both men’s and women’s team. This is simply ridiculous since I don’t think you need us to tell you that women and men have completely body different shapes. The result is that women have to suffer the discomfort and indignity of wearing clothing that was designed for the male body type. We at Sustainable sports have two cuts – women’s and men’s in both the shirt and shorts.
We also felt that not enough kit suppliers were addressing the huge issue of waste associated with kit supply. With the dwindling supply of on the ground volunteers, many clubs have been finding it easier to raise registration fees and supply their players with a new kit every year. This is as oppose to finding a kit manager who will take charge of all team kits at the end of the year tracking down every last piece of missing kit so that they can be reissued next year. Who can blame time-poor club personnel for wanting to ease the burden on their club helpers? However it does mean a lot of textile wastage. Here at Sustainable Sports we will give clubs a discount, if they provide us with their discarded kits. This encourages a more environmentally friendly model and enables the fabric to have a new life as a kit made from recycled polyester.
Last but not least Sustainable Sports is all about supporting grassroots football in the community. Being involved in grassroots football ourselves, we understand many of the challenges associated with club football such as fundraising, sponsorship and cash flow issues associated with the need to pay for kit before player registrations have hit the bank account. Talk to us about ways you can partner with Sustainable sports to find a solution that is not only sustainable from a financial point of view but also environmentally.