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Puma & First Mile launch sportswear with recycled plastic

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Feb '20
Pic: Puma AG
Pic: Puma AG
Puma and First Mile have co-created a sportswear collection made from recycled plastic, rooted in social impact and human connection. Crafted to help perform our best during any workout, the Puma x First Mile collection consists of shoes and apparel made from recycled yarn that is manufactured from plastic bottles collected in the First Mile network.

The First Mile is a people-focused network that strengthens micro-economies in Taiwan, Honduras, and Haiti by collecting plastic bottles to create sustainable jobs and reduce pollution. The bottles are then sorted, cleaned, shredded, and turned into yarn, which is later used to create products with purpose that truly empower from the first mile forward, according to a press release by Puma.

The collaboration with First Mile is part of Puma’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact and live up to its code of being ‘Forever Better’. The first Puma x First Mile training collection is available starting February 21, 2020, in Puma.com, Puma Stores, and selected retailers worldwide.

“Even though one of the key benefits of this partnership is social impact, the Puma and First Mile programme has diverted over 40 tonnes of plastic waste from landfills and oceans, just for the products made for 2020. This roughly translates into 1,980,286 plastic bottles being reused. The pieces from this co-branded training collection range from shoes, tees, shorts, pants, and jackets, all the apparel is made of at least 83 per cent to even 100 per cent from the more sustainable yarn sourced from First Mile,” Stefan Seidel, head of corporate sustainability for Puma said.

“We hope that whoever buys this collection feels good about this purchase, not just in terms of choosing something that uses sustainable material, but knowing that those entrepreneurs in the First Mile are being connected to this product because it’s their material going into it. The more we can connect that last mile with the first mile, the easier this sustainable movement will be able to continue,” Kelsey Halling, head of partnerships at First Mile said.

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