Feb 04, 2020

Adidas Kicks off Upcycled Water Bottle Football Field Efforts

Adidas is upcycling plastic bottles to make a football field.

football field turf

Adidas used approximately 1.8 million plastic bottles and turned them into a football field.

Typically, a turf field uses a large amount of virgin plastics and re-ground rubber, reported CNN. The plastic bottles used for this project were washed and treated before being transformed into infill, which was then used to build the artificial field.

The plastic bottles are sourced from remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines, according to James Carnes, vice president of global brand strategy for Adidas.

The infill, which looks like pellets, is critical to the overall function of the field. This infill can influence performance and safety of the conditions of the field especially, reported CNN. It also serves as a cushion for players when they slide, dive or fall.

"We believe that through sport we have the power to change lives, and this field is a demonstration of our taking action on that belief," said Cameron Collins, the North America director of football at Adidas. "More than a place for these young athletes to play, it's a reminder of our collective responsibility to end plastic waste."

Adidas donated the field made from upcycled plastic waste to Miami Edison High School in Miami, Florida. This school produced a number of current and former NFL stars. 

The company is also planning to use only recycled polyester in all of its shoes and clothing within the next six years in order to increase sustainability efforts, reported the Financial Times.

In 2015, Adidas partnered with Parley for the Oceans to turn marine pollution into sportswear. 

“We are working with Parley for the Oceans to prevent plastic entering the oceans and transform it into performance sportswear instead,” said Adidas in its partnership agreement with the organization. “We are working on turning what we believe is a problem (marine plastic pollution) into progress with an eco-innovative replacement for virgin plastic: Parley Ocean Plastic.”

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