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Whitehawk FC launch kit made from recycled plastic bottles

Graham Robson May 11, 2021

Whitehawk Football Club and specialist sportswear company Hope & Glory Sportswear have announced a ground-breaking partnership that will see the Hawks play their next two seasons in unique home and
away kits made from recycled plastic bottles.

Whitehawk First Team players Frankie Chappell (Red Kit), Lewis Unwin (Blue Kit), with Whitehawk FC Manager Ross Standen. Photo Credit: Andy Schofield

The company has also committed to plant one tree for every Hawks’ home and away EcoKit purchased, thanks to their partnership with not for profit organisation One Tree Planted.

Both the shirt and shorts are made from rPET fabric, (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) which is made from recycled plastic bottles that have been melted down to produce a fine yarn, creating a lower environmental impact.

Whitehawk First Team players Frankie Chappell (Red Kit), Lewis Unwin (Blue Kit). Photo Credit: Andy Schofield

Every shirt is manufactured using a piece of fabric made from the equivalent of approximately 16
plastic bottles.

The initial two-year partnership will also include training and leisurewear, available online — and at the Hawks new Club Superstore at the TerraPura Ground.

Kevin Miller, Whitehawk’s Head of Commercial & Marketing, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hope
& Glory to the club. We’re all looking forward to get back to playing and watching football again, and I
know that players and fans will love the new Ecokits!”

He added; “We’re all trying hard to take a greater responsibility for the world in which we live, and this
superb partnership makes a real positive statement, aligning perfectly with our ethos and commitment
to our community.”

Whitehawk First Team players Frankie Chappell (Red Kit), Lewis Unwin (Blue Kit). Photo Credit: Andy Schofield

Ric Dennis, Owner of Hope & Glory, said: “We are delighted to be the new Technical Kit Supplier of
Whitehawk FC. We have worked hard on bringing our EcoKit to the table over the past 18 months and
Whitehawk FC are a perfect match that shares our views on sustainability. We hope that the kits we
produce together will be well received by all the fans and the partnership will be successful both on
and off the pitch.”

Andy Schofield, Hawks’ Chairman, said: “The EcoKit is a great idea. From the feel and look of it, you
wouldn’t know it was made from plastic bottles. It’s an important statement about our commitment to
the environment. Our ground is right next to the South Downs National Park, so you couldn’t get a better
football club to be involved in a project like this.”

The Hawks Isthmian League South East campaign is expected to begin on August 14.