Well this is pretty awesome. I just read a headline that Adidas have turned 1.8 Million plastic water bottles in to a football field in America, a sustainable field and pitch. These are all recycled from remote islands, shorelines, and beaches.
A normal turf field uses masses of of virgin plastics and re-ground rubber for its pitch.
James Carney, vice president of global brand strategy at Adidas told CNN that "the sustainable field that the company built was made from plastic bottles sourced from remote islands, beaches, coastal communities, and shorelines — all with the goal of preventing it from polluting the ocean."
The plastic was properly washed and treated before being used as infill for the field.
Infill is used on these types of pitches and looks like little pellets. These are crucial for the turf as it increases the playability of the field. Players have better traction from it and are better protected when they fall, dive, or slide as it increases cushioning on the ground.
There's a strong and positive message for the athletes who will play on this field: "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," continued Collins.
This is awesome and a step in the right direction. While it is always better to not use single use plastics in the first place, at least we are finding ways to use the recycled plastic. If we find more uses maybe less will end up in landfill. In 2019 less that half of plastics were actually recycled. Waste free sustainable sporting fields and events are a step in the right direction.