Adidas x Parley for the Oceans

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- One garbage truck load of plastic is dumped in the ocean every minute

- Within 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, by weight 

- Every piece of plastic ever made still exists

- Plastic that is eaten by ocean animals eventually end in our bodies

- There is one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every human being 

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There is no doubt we need to do something with the ocean plastic problem. Firstly, we all need to educate ourselves on the topic. It was not long ago that we learned that clothing made of polyester (a plastic based material) sheds small pieces of plastic in the washing machine, which means that the small plastic pieces end up in the ocean.

We’ve been looking for better produced (eco-friendly) workout clothes for a while now. There are not a lot of good options on the market, which isn’t so strange since training gear is usually made of polyester in order to absorb and transport the sweat so that you don’t freeze. Clothes of cotton are not the best match for work-outs, since the fabric draws in the humidity and makes the material heavy.

And we have good news! Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have teamed up to create a new fabric, a yarn called Parley Oceans Plastic™, which is made from recycled plastic picked up from coastal areas and beaches.

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Together with a team of athletes, dancers, training influencers and bloggers we are fronting the new collection of training clothes here in Norway.

ADIDAS W.N.D. PARLEY Jacket.  Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

ADIDAS W.N.D. PARLEY Jacket. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

The collection consists of tights, tops, sports bras, a jacket, caps, water bottles, bags and shoes. Check them out here.

BELIEVE THIS PARLEY 7/8 TIGHTS.  Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

BELIEVE THIS PARLEY 7/8 TIGHTS. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

We always want to support brands that make a real effort to change in a better direction, and for Adidas to take this stance is huge, and an opportunity for many other brands to follow. 

DON'T REST PARLEY BH.  Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

DON'T REST PARLEY BH. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Even though the clothes are made of recycled polyester, they will probably shed micro-plastic pieces when you wash them, so make sure to use a Guppy Bag - a bag that you put your clothes into before washing them that is supposed to hinder the small plastic fibers to enter the waterways.

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You can find the clothes at bigger sports stores where they sell Adidas - and here in Norway more specifically at G-Sport! And remember to do a mini beach cleanup next time you’re out running!