Tackling the climate crisis? An English soccer club are trialling a kit made from recycled coffee bean waste. Forest Green Rovers are owned by ‘green energy’ entrepreneur Dale Vince who has put sustainability at the heart of the club’s ethos. The club is fully powered by renewables, all match-day food is vegan, the pitch is organic and maintained by electric mowers and recycled water. FIFA has recognised them as “world’s greenest football club”. Already in a league of their own when it comes to sustainability in sport, innovative English soccer club Forest Green Rovers are trialling a kit made from coffee bean waste. Rovers, owned by ‘green energy’ entrepreneur Dale Vince, road-tested the prototype in their League Two clash against against Colchester United. The club in leafy Gloucestershire has used a strip made from bamboo for two years, but the brains at kit partner PlayerLayer believe they have found a better alternative. “We have been working with PlayerLayer looking for more sustainable materials for shirts after I learned that the default for modern sports kit had become 100% plastic which didn’t make much sense to me from an environment perspective or a performance perspective,” Vince told Reuters on Wednesday. […]

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