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For their 2012-13 home kit, Nike turned the industrial history of Manchester United’s home city—specifically Manchester’s renowned cotton mills that were responsible for the iconic gingham check pattern featured on the jersey. The label on the inner neck takes it a step further, reading “Forged in Industry, Striving for Glory.”

The new home kit is made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester, making it Nike’s most environmentally friendly kit ever produced. Each kit (shirt and shorts) is made using up to thirteen recycled plastic water bottles … Since 2010 Nike has used an estimated 1115 million recycled plastic bottles to create its high performance kits.

The technical flurries on this gear go on for days, but we are especially curious about the Nike Dri-FIT technology that “wicks moisture away from athletes to help keep them cool and dry on-pitch.” Like, does that wicking work from the outside too, for sloshed pints? Read more here.

More looks after the jump…

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