Chelsea football club are in their final year of a kit deal with Adidas, before starting a new £60 million per season shirt sponsorship with Nike.
So we thought we’d ask them a couple of simple questions regarding their football shirts;
What material(s) are this seasons authentic & replica Chelsea football shirts made from?
Will they shed any plastic microfibres when washed?
Cheslea’s customer services reply;
Dear Customer
Thank you for your email to Chelsea Customer Services. I can confirm that the authentic shirt is exactly the same shirt that the players will wear during matches these shirts are made of slightly higher quality materials than the replicas. The authentic shirts are also much tighter than the replica and are designed to be skin tight.
The replica shirts are as the name suggests a replica of the shirts that the players wear. These are designed for fans that will not necessarily require all the technology in the authentic shirts, they are also a looser fit than the authentic shirts so may be a more comfortable option.
Any further questions?
Please contact us and we’ll aim to respond to you within 24 hours.



Scientists have shown for the first time that the ingestion of polyester textile microfibres can prove fatal to freshwater zooplankton – an integral part of the early-stage food chain for many different aquatic species. This research backs up other reports published that show how oceanic synthetic textile microfibres can also accumulate hazardous pollutants, which adsorb to their large, fibrous surface areas.
Which poses the question; Should our sport stars be wearing and promoting polyester clothing?#zooplanktonlivesmatter



Research has revealed that 52% of all fabric on Earth—from underwear to yoga pants—is made of synthetic (plastic) fibres. And the trend is towards more synthetic fabric, not less, which means more shedding of microfibres into the environment, more plastic in fish and more plastic in us.
In sectors such as sportswear, which requires frequent washing, plastic synthetic fibres are already the dominant fibre.
We've also learned that the best estimate for how many of these plastic microfibres are currently in the oceans is about 1.4 million trillion. In fact, microfibres are the single largest (by count) contributor to plastic pollution in our waters, because of their size and availability to living things, they’re a really big deal.
#sportswear #microfibres #plasticoceanpollution



Sport is meant to be a healthy pursuit, we want our kids to play sport.

But there must be a better way than clothing them in plastic, where shirts contain hidden carcinogens and hormone disruptor chemicals. If that's not enough, when you come to wash these polyester shirts they each shed up to 19,000 microfibre particles, which are mistaken for food my marine life and end up in our own food chain. The oceans are being turned into a plastic smog.

I would argue leading sportswear brands have turned sport into a human and environmental wasteland.

There must be a better way forward than this.



Chelsea has signed a new kit deal with US sportswear giant Nike.The deal is reported to be worth £60 million a season for the next 15 years.
I wonder if the young female textile workers received a pay rise?
Nike will produce strips for the first team, academy and ladies teams, as well as replica kit and clothing for the club's fans.
Like most large Premier League football clubs Chelsea is looking to expand its fan, and commercial, base into areas such as East and South East 
Asia, and also North America.

Is manufacturing and promoting more polyester sport shirts around the world, which shed plastic microfibre particles every time they are washed, a good idea?

Our oceans and marine life are reaching a tipping point with plastic ocean pollution.
#Nike #plasticoceanpollution #polyester #sportswear 



It is cheap to use toxic petrochemicals, and expensive to reformulate products so they aren't toxic. Removing a carcinogen or hormone disruptor from a shampoo, or fragrance, or sport shirt, or lipstick, or laundry detergent, and replacing it with a safer chemical is expensive. “Too expensive,” say the brands, and so far, governments haven’t found a way to force them to take out the toxins.

To make matters worse, companies don’t have to disclose dangerous chemicals on product labels. Why don’t companies want us to know all the ingredients that go into their products? The answer is simple: they’re afraid of losing a sale. If you knew there were toxic chemicals in something you bought every day, you would stop buying it - JW