Neymar goes Green for the Olympics
Santos star striker Neymar has been revealed as the face of the GS for the 2012 Olympics in London. Neymar, who is one of the most exciting young prospects in football, has been selected for the Brazil squad and will be showing everyone what he is capable of, while protecting the planet with Nike’s GS.
But it is not just Neymar’s boots that are saving the planet, the kit (also made by Nike), the shirt and shorts for each full kit are made from 13 recycled bottles. Since Nike started producing kits from recycled bottles: they have saved 115 million bottles from landfill sites, astonishing.
The Nike GS boot is constructed using renewable and recycled materials, designed for explosive performance on the pitch and lower impact on the planet. Every component has been optimized to reduce weight and waste, creating Nike’s lightest football boot ever at 160 grams (size 9).
Conceived and engineered in Italy, the Nike GS features recycled and renewable materials throughout the upper and plate design. A bio-based traction plate made primarily from castor beans ensures strength and flexibility on pitch, alongside a sock liner made from 100% castor beans. The boot laces, lining and tongue are made from a minimum of 70% recycled materials. The toeboard and collar, feature at least 15% recycled materials.
“The Nike GS is the lightest and fastest football boot we’ve ever made and really defines a new era in how we create, design and produce elite football boots,” said Andy Caine, global design director for Nike Football. “When you can deliver a boot that combines high end performance and a low environmental footprint that’s a winning proposition for players and planet.”
The GS is a boot that Neymar has been testing for a while now, he has been spotted testing a blacked out pair of the boots in training
However, Neymar’s test model featured the Vapor 8 soleplate rather than the GS one, which meant Neymar could focus entirely on giving Nike criticism for the upper of the boot (which hasn’t had many notable changes)
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It will be interesting to see if Neymar plays in the olympics with the GS or Vapor soleplate on his boots, but either way – you can be sure they’ll be eye catching!