Football production is larger than one might think, around 40.000.000 footballs are produced every year only by FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Toxic chemicals are used during the production and almost every football is produced in Asia to then be transported and sold to the Americas or Europe.

When a football is sold it has a lifespan of 1-2 years until it is either thrown away, auctioned (if it is a valuable football) or forgotten in your family's garage. The materials in the footballs are very valuable and most of the time the discarded footballs are still functional.

Through his project Supreme Super, Elvar Þorri Örvarsson is showing the possibilities in recycling footballs to make football boots, highlighting the value of their materials and revealing the story behind them.

If it is possible to make functional football boots with discarded footballs it is then possible to make almost any kind of textile products.

Supreme Super           
By: Elvar Þorri Örvarsson
Course: Local Production, Spring 2023
Tutors: Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson, Rúna Thors, Ólafur Ómarsson

Reykjavík, Iceland