A first for Western Australia, teamwear for community sports clubs and schools is being made from recycled plastic bottles.

Mecca Sports has been supporting grassroots sports in Western Australia for nearly a decade. Now, sports teams from Albany to Karratha and beyond will be wearing a unique fabric called Intercool made from this ecological new polyester fibre.

Recycled Polyester (R-PET) is environmentally friendly, cost-effective and safe; the regenerated polyester fibre is made from recycled plastic bottles and performs as well as regular virgin polyester.

Mecca Sports’ founder and Managing Director, Daniel Sadik, says the company has long been conscious of the impact of waste on the environment. As a result, Mecca bulk pack all of their sublimated garments without single-use plastic bags to minimise waste.

Mecca decided to switch to using R-PET in early 2019 and began rolling out the recycled Intercool fabric garments from the start of 2020.

R-PET uses 70% less energy and 85% less water than regular polyester, and the CO2 emissions from it are drastically lower.