Rooting for the Green Sports Alliance

If you’re stuck thinking that the only kinds of people who care about the environment wear tie dye and listen to beat poetry, you’ll be surprised to hear that tailgaters in full body paint will soon be joining the ranks of those who are making changes to save the earth. 

The Green Sports Alliance has just been launched by six professional sports teams and their related venues, and will promote renewable energy, water conservation, recycling and other eco-friendly measures. Organizers say it’s the first time that teams from Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Major League Soccer (MLS) have collaborated on a common environmental agenda. Teams’ green initiatives will be recorded like stats to see how they’re doing in environmentally conscious practices.

At the forefront of 100% recycled, 100% American-made apparel, SustainU would love to see the Green Sports Alliance also lobby (if they aren’t already) for athletes to wear recycled jerseys, as well as make recycled apparel available to fans.  Licensed pro sports team apparel is a billion-dollar industry in America–great for the economy–but it takes 2 gallons of gasoline to create just one XL polyester tee shirt.  40,000 liters of water are needed to create enough cotton for just one cotton tee shirt.  The environmental impact of switching to recycled apparel could boost the Green Sports Alliance’s efforts greatly.

That said, SustainU is ecstatic to see the progress being made by groups who are taking measurable steps toward a healthier earth, and we’re cheering them on.