The athletes are going green while going for gold.

By Kelly Vaughan
March 04, 2020

The 2020 Summer Olympics are just a few months away and the world is preparing to watch the greatest athletes compete in sports including swimming, beach volleyball, skateboarding, and gymnastics. We've just learned that those athletes will be showing off their skills while wearing sustainable outfits. Nike released a new collection of eco-friendly uniforms for the United States Olympic track and field, basketball, soccer, and skateboarding teams made from recycled plastic bottles and nylon, as well as rubber and yarn waste from Nike factories.

Courtesy of Nike

"We take great pride in designing a system of dress that not only helps athletes perform at their best, but one that's worthy of these athletes' incredible achievements," Janett Nichol, VP of Apparel Innovation at Nike, said in a statement. Nike said that in addition to helping the planet, the uniforms should help the athletes, too; they're reportedly the best performing uniforms the company has ever produced.

Related: The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Medals Will Be Made Entirely of Recycled Electronics

According to Nike, the windbreakers that Olympians will wear for the medal ceremony are designed with a distinct chevron-shaped silhouette, inspired by Japanese kimonos. Even the shoes that the Olympians will wear on the podium are sustainable. The Nike Air Vapormax sneakers are comprised of 75 percent manufacturing waste products and were designed in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures to represent the appearance of a real waste pile. The upper part of the sneaker is made from recycled polyester, which is said to reduce waste and cut down on carbon emissions by 30 percent.

Nike also had the honor of designing and manufacturing the uniforms for the U.S. women and men's skateboarding teams, who will be competing for the first time ever in Tokyo this summer. The jerseys are made with plastic water bottles and other waste materials and feature a bold, colorful print against a white background. "So whether it is on the track and field, the celebration of the medal stand, the village wear, the training wear or the other outfits they wear, everything that we are doing is 100 percent sustainable," said Nike Chief Design Officer John Hoke.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are set to begin on July 24, 2020.

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