WHAT IS ECOKIT
We want to play our part in helping to protect the planet – since the 2020/21 season we have offered all clubs EcoKit by HOPE + GLORY – our Eco friendly bespoke kits.
These kits are a part of our commitment to a sustainable future, making football kits using rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) with a lower environmental impact. Both the shirt and shorts are made from rPET fabric, which is made from recycled plastic bottles that have been melted down to produce a fine yarn (see the full process below).
Every shirt is manufactured using a piece of fabric made from the equivalent of approximately 16 plastic bottles. Our EcoKit material behaves in the same way virgin polyester would meaning no difference in performance from our standard kits – if anything the EcoKit fabric has a more premium feel, smoother to the touch and slightly lighter.
Available with EcoKit + Standard Fabrics
It takes around 25 litres of fresh clean water to dye just one shirt, every two years it takes the entire volume of the Mediterranean Sea to colour the world’s textiles - this is simply not sustainable.
This is why HOPE + GLORY use a more sustainable colouring technique - sublimation - to colour all of our shirts & shorts. A dry-dye concept with zero water consumption and zero waste-water – setting a high standard for eco-efficiency and reducing energy consumption by 50%.
rPET vs PET
rPET is made by a mechanical process, virgin polyester is made by chemical process.
rPET produces up to 65% less carbon footprint to virgin polyester, and 12% less than cotton.
rPET requires 90% less water to produce than virgin polyester.
rPET uses 70% less energy than used to make virgin polyester.
Virgin polyester is made using crude oil…rPET isn’t, so saving on fossil fuels too.
ONE TREE AT A TIME
HOPE + GLORY are proud to partner with One Tree Planted.
Planting trees is one of the best ways to combat the damaging effects of climate change. Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
Trees also provide tremendous social impacts by providing jobs to over 1.6 billion people, empowering women in underdeveloped nations, and supporting communities devastated by environmental damage.
The partnership is designed to be simple for customers to get involved in global reforestation. For every EcoKit shirt sold, HOPE + GLORY plant one tree though One Tree Planted’s local partner in areas where there has been deforestation.