Maine Maritime Academy Teams Wear Recycled Uniforms By Maine Company

Posted on: January 12, 2017

CASTINE, Maine—Maine Maritime Academy Athletics has placed several teams in Atayne athletic apparel. Atayne, a Brunswick, Maine-based company, creates athletic apparel using 100% recycled and organic materials.

“Atayne was immediately attractive to us for a variety of reasons,” said Director of Athletics, Steve Peed. “Obviously we get to feel good about using 100-percent recycled products, but as a public institution, we have an opportunity to keep business in Maine through a Brunswick-based company that employs people in Maine and around New England.”

Atayne’s vision is to inspire positive environmental and social change through the power of active lifestyles and the company does so by following the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, while aspiring to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.

“Atayne is also a certified B corporation, meaning they are committed to treating their employees well,” added Peed. “They offered a better way to do business. I am looking forward to participating in the evolution of this company as they develop in the world of athletics apparel.”

On November 11, 2016 the Maine Maritime Academy volleyball team became the first team to wear a 100% recycled uniform in the NCAA Tournament.

“Every time I read Atayne’s story and the vision of Jeremy and Rebecca (Atayne’s founders), I am inspired,” said Head Volleyball Coach Tricia Carver. “It feels so great for our team to support and promote a company that believes in community, respect, and the pursuit of excellence by doing things the right way.”

“I cannot express how excited our team members were when the new jerseys were revealed,” added Carver. “They love them, and they really enjoy playing in them. Personally, as a native of Maine, I am thrilled to support this Maine-grown company. I am already looking into gear for next year from Atayne.”

All of Atayne’s products are made using the maximum amount of recycled materials possible. By using American-made recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles, Atayne’s products prevent usable materials from going into landfills and save considerable energy and water compared to virgin polyester.

“I thought it was so fitting that we got these jerseys at the time we did,” said Maggie MacMahon, a freshman on the volleyball team. “They symbolize so much of what MMA culture is like. By buying them we supported a local Maine business, by wearing them we supported a green and eco-friendly atmosphere, and by sweating and playing in them, we represented a volleyball program that has poured time and effort into making the individual a better athlete and team player. I absolutely loved representing many different people and places in them.”

The Maine Maritime Academy men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s and women’s cross country teams, and women’s lacrosse team will all be wearing apparel manufactured by Atayne in 2017.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 22 programs of study in engineering, management, science and transportation. The college’s job-placement rate exceeds 90 percent within 90 days of graduation.

Riana Sidelinger