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Philadelphia Union One Planet jersey now available

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The Philadelphia Union will be wearing black jerseys made from recyclable materials on Saturday in their home game against the Toronto FC.

The One Planet jersey as it is being called this year was unveiled by MLS on Tuesday. Toronto FC will be wearing a teal jersey.

Made entirely out of Parley Ocean plastic – a recycled material created from reimagined plastic waste – the hand-drawn kit design pays homage to the ocean floor each jersey aims to protect. Blended into the swirling print, the repeating wordmark “End Plastic Waste” serves as a call to action uniting each club in the collective stewardship of our planet.

To make the jerseys, adidas intercepts plastics on remote islands, beaches and coastal communities before they have the chance to reach high-risk ocean environments. Once collected, those plastics are shredded, melted and mixed with a threaded material, ultimately completing the transformation from problem to performance.

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Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for TheCup.us, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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