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Forest Green Rovers has unveiled its latest efforts to transform the beautiful game - by revealing a prototype kit from made from waste coffee grounds and recycled plastic. 

The world’s greenest football club, which went climate neutral in 2017 with the United Nations, has been working with its kit partner PlayerLayer to investigate new fabrics since unveiling the world’s first bamboo kit almost two years ago. 

The coffee-based fabric has been top performer in initial tests and has been found to be lighter, breathable and more durable than its current Bamboo kit.  To properly put it through its paces, the club’s first-team wore this prototype coffee kit on 27th February when they played Colchester at the Innocent New Lawn.

Dale Vince, Chairman, Forest Green Rovers, said:

“Our adventure in alternative materials continues.  When we pioneered bamboo with PlayerLayer two years ago it was considered a pretty revolutionary idea, and the thought of using coffee grounds is no less radical or surprising. 

"It’s time the world of football wakes up and smells the coffee about the future of the planet. If nothing else, this prototype kit will bring new flavour to that old cliché of grinding out a result.” 

Rod Bradley, Co-Founder, PlayerLayer, added:

“We believe that along with music and art, sport has the power to shape our culture and to drive change. As well as the environmental benefits, there are big performance benefits to using this new fabric. We love to push the boundaries with FGR!”

The club will sell the match worn limited-edition prototypes with a very special coffee blend from its local rosters, the Cirencester-based Rave Coffee.  Proceeds will be split between Gloucestershire NHS and One Tree Planted. 

What do you think?

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Comments (7)

  1. FGRov

Makes total sense aswell as ripping fans out of 100 quid plus Quid a season and consigning oil based plastics to landfill it’s time that clubs and kit manufacturers face up to their responsibilities to the planet to leave a better place for our children to grow up in.

  1. Adam    FGRov

Agree fully

  1. Jamie

I love everything about this kit but the kit. Respect to Forest Green for walking the walk.

  1. Fat Dave

I wonder what the Carbon footprint of the manufacturing process is. The shirt is awful, btw.

  1. Paddy_Mac    Fat Dave

The footprint is carbon neutral Fat Dave, unlike yours I'm guessing!

  1. Ohfawkaye

Great club

  1. Rhosoftherovers

I actively dislike FGR (more Dale Vince tbf), but this should be applauded. I guess time will tell whether the kits hold up to the rigours of a season, but you can't knock them for trying.

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