Dynasty Sport’s commitment to the environment and sustainability continues in 2022, with the Australasian Sports brand set to introduce a new range of Ecotek fabrics across the Queensland Reds on-field and training range.
Dynasty Sport’s brand new Ecotek range of fabrics, produced using ethically sourced, recycled plastic bottles provides this year’s Queensland Reds apparel with a distinct point of difference, and members and fans with the knowledge that each garment significantly assists in plastic waste reduction.
The fabric will feature in all 2022 Reds retail ranges, along with players on-field and training items.
Queensland Rugby Union CEO David Hanham said: “We’re very proud to partner with Dynasty Sport and their Ecotek range.
“Our Reds on-field jerseys have been made from recycled plastics for the last two seasons and we’re excited to see this expanded through the Reds range in 2022.
“Not only does the new range look great, but it’s also sustainable for our environment and we’re sure this will be popular with Reds members and fans this season.”
Dynasty Sport Director Tyler Rakich said Ecotek represents an alignment in environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices for the rapidly expanding sports brand.
“Through our product research and development program along with the aligned values of our supply chain partners, we’re extremely proud to release the Dynasty Sport Ecotek range of fabrics to the Australasian sports market. By tackling the global issue of single use plastics polluting the planet, we hope to play a small, but ongoing role in providing a second life for single use plastics. Mr Rakich said.
Globally, more than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016, and with that number set to increase by 20 percent in 2022, that’s a devastating 98 billion additional single use bottles. The majority of single use plastics are manufactured for soft drink and water bottles and produced from polyethylene terephthalate or (PET).
Throughout season 2022, Dynasty Sport is on track to recycle and repurpose over 1 million single use plastic bottles, which will be reproduced and spun into Ecotek yarn, with the fabrics utilised across their pro-team, retail and team wear offerings.
For decades, there has been growing concern over the impact of plastics pollution across the world’s oceans. While fewer than half of the bottles produced in 2016 were collected for recycling and just 7% going onto be repurposed for a second use, it’s hoped initiatives such as Dynasty Sport’s Ecotek fabric will see those numbers significantly increase over the next few years as more sporting teams and their fans demand sustainable and environmentally responsible products.
The 4-step process from plastic waste to high performance fabric involves, removing caps and labels from bottles, followed by a sterile clean where the bottles are sliced into flake sized pieces. The flakes are then melted into pellets and extruded through a detailed process and spun into yarn. The yarn is then used to create the 26 performance fabrics in Dynasty Sport’s Ecotek range.
When comparing the manufacturing of conventional / virgin polyester to Ecotek mechanically recycled polyester, the results carried out on one kilogram of Woven Polyester include a reduction of approximately 62% less energy and 99% less water used. There is also up to 35% less waste created and upwards of 20% less CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.
“We are already looking forward to the new look 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season and providing our professional partners, their members and supporters with a range of apparel that not only looks great but can also contribute to a cleaner, greener future.” Rakich added.
Dynasty Sport Ecotek ranges contain between 20 to 46 recycled plastic bottles per garment.
“While our fans are supporting their favourite teams through the purchase of official Dynasty Sport apparel, in 2022 they will also be contributing to reducing the environmental impact of single-use plastics around the world, it’s a great outcome.”
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Data Sources: National Geographic, Roy Morgan, Our World in Data.