Real Madrid's new third kit, which the team unveiled earlier this week, is made entirely out of recycled plastic from the ocean.
The concept of soccer teams having a third kit can be a bit of a headscratcher for some fans. Traditionally, the home kit should be the team's known colors and the away kit a very different color so that in any situation players should be able to wear one or the other and not clash with the opposing team. Sometimes both can clash but ultimately, releasing a third kit largely feels like a way to make more money via replica shirt sales.
Some teams will give the excuse that it's a chance to be a little more inventive. Take Real Madrid for instance. Their home kit has always been white, and always will be, and its away strip is normally black. Not much wiggle room there. Having a third kit is a way of giving the fans something completely different from the norm.
Real has taken that belief to the extreme this season. The Champions League holders' third kit for the 2018/19 season is coral, but it is also green. No, it's not a disgusting color combination, it's because the new third kit is made entirely out of recycled plastic that has been discarded in the ocean. ESPN reported the announcement following the kit's unveiling in New York this past Monday.
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were among a group of players who modeled the kit's unveiling earlier this week. Real and Adidas, the shirt's manufacturer, have teamed up with the Parley For The Ocean project. The project's goal is to completely rid the world's oceans of discarded plastic by gathering it and turning it into useful things, such as soccer kits.
This move from Real will hopefully be one that has a knock-on effect not only in soccer but across all sport. Considering the amount of shirts Real will likely sell this coming season, the club will rid the oceans of a lot of plastic all by itself. Just imagine if the likes of the New England Patriots and LA Lakers follow suit. Making kits and uniforms from recycled plastic can have nothing but a positive effect on the environment and Real Madrid is leading the way.