MEET YOUR IDOLS: Ralph Lauren's 2019 US Open Sustainable Capsule
Text by Justin Ng | Photos courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren's sustainable ballperson uniform for the 2019 US Open Championships
Women's multi-colored polo with red and yellow sleeves and a blue and green striped upper
Men's multi-colored polo with red and yellow sleeves and a blue and green striped upper
All-white hoodie with tennis bracket logo
Multi-coloured hoodie with 'POLO Tennis' logo
Long sleeve sweater with "POLO" logo
"Polo Sport" polo in blue
It’s every tennis kid whiz’s dream to meet their idols. Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadals, Naomi Osakas – you name it. And the best way to meet your childhood heroes? Getting onto the courts and giving them a helping hand. Which is why Ralph Lauren is once again serving as the official outfitter for the 2019 US Open Championships – one of four prestigious tennis grand slam events – for all young and aspiring tennis enthusiasts to help make their own dreams come true. What’s different about this year’s outfitting? Sustainability. For the ballperson uniform, Ralph Lauren is making sustainability a key theme by having the apparel made from fabric derived from recycled plastic water bottles. Featuring a multi-coloured RYGB polo, two hoodies as well as a long-sleeve sweater, each uniform is made from an average of seven recycled plastic bottles converted to a recycled poly-fiber. That way, you’ll be able to run around comfortably in New York summer temperatures while keeping the world nice and green just like the Wimbledon tennis lawns. And don’t think this is a one-time off kind of a thing either: Looking ahead to 2020, the brand will use Wilson tennis ball cans recycled from the 2019 event to create the new uniforms for next year. According to Ralph Lauren’s chief innovation officer David Lauren, they plan on using a mind-boggling 12,000 cans of Wilson balls in order to make up the fabric. So big changes have come since Ralph Lauren became the uniform supplier in 2005, and even more so to come as they plan on diverting 170 million plastic bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025. And so far, it’s been a great start.

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