Edited by 19th Hole Staff | April 22, 2019
Earth Day celebrates the natural beauty of planet earth, reminding us and most importantly inspiring us to do what we can to help keep our globe sustainable. Polo Ralph Lauren brand is doing its part by reimagining its iconic Polo shirt made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
Realizing its potential for effecting positive change on the environment, Ralph Lauren recently unveiled the Earth Polo, available in four colorways: Stuart Green, White, Navy, and Baby Blue, made entirely from recycled materials and dyed with an innovative coloring process that uses zero water. Each Earth Polo is crafted from thread derived from an average of 12 recycled plastic bottles.
“Ralph Lauren will commit to removing at least 170 million bottles from landfills and oceans, and will convert the use of all virgin poly-fiber to recycled poly-fiber by 2025. Plastic waste is a major issue threatening the environment—we want to be part of the solution and utilize an innovative approach to create something valuable,” said David Lauren, chief innovation officer.
The Earth Polo was produced in partnership with First Mile, an organization with a global mission focused on sustainability and positive social impact. First Mile works with entrepreneurs in low-income communities to collect recyclable plastic bottles, which are then processed through a unique and eco-friendly manufacturing program and turned into high-quality yarn and ultimately fabric.
“When Ralph founded our company more than 50 years ago, he did so with the idea that whatever we create is meant to be worn, loved, and passed on for generations. It’s with this spirit of timelessness that we approach sustainability,” added Halide Alagoz, executive vice president, chief supply chain and sustainability officer.
For decades, the iconic Polo shirt has been used as a global symbol to help raise millions of dollars for philanthropic and social impact, including funding breast cancer research and care through the Pink Pony Fund, raising funds for global disaster relief, and supporting the LGBTQ community.
The Earth Polo is available for men and women in global retail stores and on RalphLauren.com. The company’s full Global Citizenship and Sustainability Report, including its comprehensive strategy and goals, will be published in June.