Detroit Lions Turning Green Saturday


When the Detroit Lions take the field for practice Saturday in Allen Park, Michigan you may notice something a little different about the colors of the quarterbacks jerseys.

To kick off the team’s second-year partnership with sustainability leader REPREVE, Matthew Stafford and the Lions quarterbacks will trade out their red practice jerseys and sport REPREVE-green jerseys, each made from recycled plastic bottles.

REPREVE, transforms recycled plastic bottles into fiber used to make some of America’s favorite brands, including Ford, Volcom, Quicksilver, Polartec and North Face. Together, the Lions and REPREVE are working to continue to educate fans on the importance of “Making The Smart Throw,” tossing used bottles into a recycle bin, and the cool products that can be transformed from recycled bottles.

"“We are very excited to have REPREVE back for another year of a great sustainable partnership,” said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand. “Last year, Lions fans recycled nearly 60,000 plastic bottles at Ford Field. We look forward to the continuation of this aggressive recycling effort and showcasing REPREVE-based products created from recycled plastic bottles to our fans.”"

REPREVE will be onsite during Saturday’s open training camp practice providing attending fans the chance to win REPREVE-based prizes and tickets to the Oct. 25 REPREVE-sponsored game.

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During the Oct. 25 game against the Minnesota Vikings, REPREVE will host a “Make the Smart Throw” challenge during halftime where one lucky fan will get the chance to win up to $50,000 for completing a series of difficult throws on the field.

"“This continued partnership with the Lions provides us a unique platform to educate fans on the importance of recycling and sustainability,” said Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Unifi, Inc. “Compared to other countries, the United States recycles significantly fewer plastic materials, with less than 32 percent being recycled. Together with the Lions, we can show fans that through the simple act of recycling, they can play a role in transforming plastic bottles into great consumer products.”"

To further educate consumers on the cool products that can be made from recycled bottles, REPREVE will launch a national recycling tour later this year. The tour will make stops across the United States, including Ford Field, giving consumers a chance to recycle their plastic bottles in exchange for REREVE-based products.

For more information on REPREVE, please visit, or visit the REPREVE Facebook page

Nate Williams is an Editor and Columnist for FanSided and SideLion Report. For continued Detroit Lions news, rumors and analysis, be sure to follow him on twitter at @NateWilliamsFS.

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