FIFA World Cup 2010 has green written all over, well almost. As many as nine teams competing in the World Cup will be ambassadors of eco-friendliness when they will hit the field wearing environmentally friendly jerseys made from recycled plastic bottles. The tournament that kicks off in South Africa on Friday will see teams, including front runners Brazil, the Netherlands and Portugal wearing the shirts made from recycled plastic.
The jerseys have been made in Taiwan. It is being pointed out that each jersey has been made from eight plastic bottles. The bottles that went into the making of the shirts were first melted and processed into polyester. The shirts made out of this material are said to be 13 percent lighter and can absorb and disperse sweat more quickly than traditional fabric.
This isn’t the first time that the Asian nation of Taiwan is getting into such a green initiative. The nation, whose citizens are immensely environment conscious, has been doing its bit to promote green technology and architecture as it seeks to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Apart from the green jerseys for the World Cup Soccer teams, Taiwan has also turned as many as 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles into a nine-storey pavilion for an international floral show which will get underway later this year. Now, that is what we call a responsible country.
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