Friday, June 25, 2010

Eco-Fashion with a Passion for Sport

The football-mad owners of a leading eco-fashion brand have used their specialisation in organic textiles to create a new football shirt that is lighter, more breathable, kind-to-skin and more eco-friendly than typical oil-based synthetic tops.

“The great thing about using eco-fabrics in sportswear is that often they are softer, more breathable, and stretchier than their synthetic counterparts. Our bamboo tops are hypoallergenic and antibacterial too, so they’re really comfortable, no chaffing.” Said Martin Drake-Knight, designer. “It’s these properties inside organic fabrics that makes our clothing so perfect for any kind of sport where you’re active and building up a sweat.”

“The great thing about organic cotton and bamboo is that it’s lightweight and flexible, so it’s ideal for any sport where movement is key. Being naturally soft also means it doesn’t stick to the skin or rub so our organic clothing helps keep the wearer drier, cooler and more comfortable. The result is greater freedom on the pitch, although we can’t promise more goals!”

The main advantage for footballers is that eco-textiles like bamboo stop odour-producing bacteria from growing allowing it to remain fresher smelling for longer. It is also highly absorbent and wicks water away from the body 3 to 4 times faster than many synthetic fabrics, Rapanui say, and it sounds like they’ve been putting the shirt through some thorough tests.

All the staff members at Rapanui are all eager footballers and play as much and as often as they can; including charity matches set up by the company. They organise goals-style tournaments to raise funds for charities, including the Marine Conservation Society and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Due to popular demand their eco-friendly football shirt available to buy on their site,, with a percentage of profits going to the Leonard Cheshire Disability.

This is an organisation setup by a war hero to help those who were injured during war, now it cares for 21,000 disabled people. Find out more on their blog

View the Rapanui Eco-Friendly Organic Football tee here
And if you look at the results of the tournament maybe England should go green?

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1 comment:

Coach Chris said...

Its a great idea to match up eco friendly gear with the soccer apparel industry. But when do you believe eco friendly will become the norm and not just a marketing tool?