The WARRINGTON Wolves have unveiled their limited edition eco-friendly Magic Weekend Kit.
Fans attending tonight’s Super League match against St Helens have gotten their first glimpse of the kit The Wire will be wearing when they take on the Catalans Dragons at Newcastle on Sunday July 10.
A first in rugby league, the kit is made from 70% recycled plastic, with each shirt using between 17 and 27 recycled plastic bottles depending on size.
The production process sees the bottles washed and cut into small pieces where they are then melted down to form resin. The resin is then used to form the yarn and produce the jerseys.
Supporters can pre-order their shirts for £52 for adults and £38 for juniors.
Warrington Wolves mainstay Robbie Mulhern, who is studying environmental studies at the Open University, said: “It’s a really exciting project to be involved in.
Robbie Mulhern and Joe Philbin in the Magic Weekend kit. Photo by Stuart McKendrick/Warrington Wolves
“It’s such a big issue facing our world, so using this project to educate people is really important and something I’m passionate about.
“Hopefully this can take off and be the case for all kits in Rugby League and other sports in the future.
“The big problem is trying to reuse and not re-make materials by the minute. If it’s successful, in the future it will save so many resources that will help our planet.
“It starts at home with people making positive changes. It’s about how we consume, be it fashion, food or technology. Everyone needs to cut back a bit and these are great initiatives from the club to achieve that.
Neil Williams, UK Sales Director at O’Neills, said: “We are delighted to be working with Warrington Wolves on this pioneering and innovative project.
“Our ability to meet Wire’s request for a durable jersey is something our research and development team has been working on for some time.
“To see one of our best professional teams being able to offer supporters a jersey made from recycled plastic bottles is something that gives us great satisfaction.”
Warrington Wolves CEO Karl Fitzpatrick added: “I would like to thank our kit partners O’Neills for working with us on this exciting project for what hopefully will be the blueprint for all of our shirts in the future. coming.
“This unique kit is a world first for our sport and part of a wider campaign to become a more environmentally friendly company and reduce our impact on the environment.
“As a club, we have a duty to our city to promote a more sustainable way of life and further activations are planned for the rest of the year and beyond.”