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Tirupur, Tamil Nadu to Australian Open Tennis


If you are tuned in to the Australian Open this season, there's little chance you would have missed star players like Roger Federer and Serena Williams. But have you paid attention to the ball boys, girls and the courstside statisticians, dressed in shades of green and blue? They are wearing T-shirts made in Tirupur near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

But that's not what is special about it - these shirts are made from recycled PET bottles. At NC John & Sons in Tirupur, a total of 1,88,708 used PET bottles have been used to make 25,000 garments for the Australian Open. For Alexander, whose company has been making sustainable apparel since 2007, this is business as usual. But he does add that he is happy that their work has put them in the spotlight. “We got the order from Tennis Australia through one of our customers in Australia,” he explains, adding that his company has been chiefly exporting garments to the US and the UK. “The team visited us in November last year to ensure that the entire process was green.” In fact, 40% of the power consumed is from wind and solar energy.

Connection has been making apparel from the recycled fiber blended with waster cotton for a while and was kind enough to share these resources with the Australian Open. It seems like the Australian Open is one of the first championships to take this movement seriously enough to bring about actual changes. In AO 2020 all the staff is wearing recycled polyester coming from India. The sustainability movement has been growing this past year and the talk about promoting more ethical and climate-friendly practices has become more frequent. People now expect that the companies they work for or support will have the necessary regulations and will follow sustainable practices. The companies hosting and organizing important sporting events are no exception. Promoting ethical practices It seems like the Australian Open is one of the first championships to take this movement seriously enough to bring about actual changes.

Tirupur Connection has been making apparel from the recycled fiber blended with waster cotton for a while and was kind enough to share these resources with the Australian Open. AO is setting an example of how to promote ethical practices not only by talking about the necessity of change but also through their actions. Not only will this move promote the Australian Open as a tournament that cares about the environment, it will also send a message that the championship cares enough about its fans to listen to their concerns.

Responsibility of big companies Tournaments like these have the power to send important messages to all the people watching. AO decided to actually do what other companies and tournaments are preaching and to promote sustainability through that actually work. It is very important that these big companies and entities take the first step towards making a change since they are most likely the ones in power to actually be able to afford such major changes. The fact that fully recycle clothing is easily accessible is an important factor to promote.


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