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Nike unveils 2020 Olympic uniforms made of recycled materials

Posted: 2:40 PM, Feb 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-07 14:41:26-05
Nike unveils 2020 Olympic uniforms made of recycled materials
Nike unveils 2020 Olympic uniforms made of recycled materials

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Nike has unveiled the uniforms that Team USA will don when accepting medals during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

For this year’s uniforms, the sportswear company decided to design with sustainability in mind.

Inspired by the recycled materials that make up the medals, Nike says its designers reimagined its Windrunner jacket with 100 percent recycled polyester.

The jacket’s chevron-shaped silhouette is inspired by Japanese kimono design and the panels are knit to shape for minimal waste, according to Nike.

“The garment’s defining mark — the national team logo — is stamped with recycled Nike Grind rubber,” wrote Nike.

Nike Grind materials are created from the company’s recycled surplus manufacturing materials and athletic footwear.

The pants are constructed from 100 percent recycled nylon, with a 100 percent recycled polyester mesh lining.

Additional elements, such as the drawcord tips, zipper pulls and Swoosh branding, are also made with Nike Grind.

This summer’s medalists will wear some of Nike’s lowest-impact footwear atop the podium. The Vapormax, a Nike Air icon, is made using 75 percent recycled manufacturing waste.