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SailGP and Mover create partnership with the shared aim to create the world’s first of its kind plastic free technical sportswear

by | Oct 17, 2023

SailGP is one of the world’s fastest growing sports leagues and Mover is the company pioneering in 100% plastic-free apparel. The companies have created a partnership to combine the companies’ respective abilities and create the world’s first plastic-free technical sportswear.

This project was decided on after 1,500 adults in the US, UK and Switzerland took SailGP’s survey in 2023 and the results of the survey revealed that if the option to have plastic free clothing was available, they would opt for it. Therefore, the first steps for this project were planned.

The first step will be making a capsule collection of the clothing range available to purchase and this will soon be followed by the second step, a line of high-performance sportswear. The companies will provide consumers with six items within the capsule, these include t-shirts, polos and fleece hoodies. The companies aim to have their clothes tested by the athletes in a sailing environment. SailGP and Mover have chosen to get the plastic-free technical sportswear tested in sailing environment, as well as other harsh environments, in order to prove that the plastic-free materials are just as good as clothes made with plastic and that high-performance textiles do not require plastic and can be created without reliance on fossil-fuel fibers.

The capsules being made available in the first step will all be crafted from 100% natural fibers and will include plastic free stitching and labelling, as well as water-based printing. The main goal for this new range of clothes is to challenge the idea that using synthetic fibers is the only way to make clothes which function properly. Currently synthetic fibers, including nylon, polyester and acrylic make up 69% of all fibers used worldwide and this figure is expected to increase to an estimated 75% by 2030. This material is used so much in clothes as the clothing industry believes that synthetic fibers are the only answer to meeting technical demands for high-performance clothing which will meet all the consumer’s demands. The primary issue with this material being used so frequently in clothing is that the fibers come from fossil fuels and consequently contribute to microplastic pollution and the plastic waste issues.

Moreover, one of the biggest reasons why this project is so important is because the survey which SailGP and Mover conducted, found that 54% of people were not aware of any health or environmental-related impacts that the chemicals used in synthetic technical clothing incur. This is a serious issue which needs to be sorted extremely quickly as synthetic fabrics contain several chemicals such as carcinogen antinomy, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are highly toxic and have been nicknamed ‘forever chemicals’. Furthermore, multiple companies may suggest the use of recycled polyester as a solution to this issue, however the companies involved in this partnership have made it clear that this is not the case. Recycled polyester still emits the same toxic substances as any other plastic, for example, Bisphenol A (BPA), this often results in developmental issues, serious eye damage, respiratory irritation, skin allergies and reproductive harm. This emphasises further the importance of switching to completely plastic-free clothing and is one of the reasons why this project has been joined by A Plastic Planet, who are an organisation dedicated to inspiring and pushing the world to reduce its plastic usage.

The SailGP Chief Purpose Officer, Fiona Morgan, commented, “At SailGP our ambition is to be the world’s most purpose driven and sustainable global sport and entertainment platform, and it’s only by collaborating with innovative, like-minded partners that we’ll be able to achieve this. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to be joining forces with Mover after two years of development to totally rethink sports performance clothing with plastic free materials, a cause very close to my heart. This purpose-driven collaboration demonstrates that change is possible if you innovate and re-design the norm.”

Nicolas Rochat, CEO and Founder of Mover, said, “Our collaboration with SailGP is a fantastic opportunity to prove that natural fibers can excel in one of the most demanding sports on the planet. Our materials that are the most technical and intelligent, genuinely designed to be digested by nature.”

The Founder of A Plastic Planet, Sian Sutherland, said, “The plastic crisis can feel overwhelming with billions of pieces of plastic still being pumped out into our oceans and soil. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Mover is proving that technical performance textiles from natural, truly breathable materials not only feel great but mean we are no longer adding to plastic pollution with every wear and wash. We are so proud to bring Mover together with SailGP to highlight that change is possible.”

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