The challenges of artifical soccer turfs
The last 20 years, there has been an explosion in the use of artificial soccer turfs, worldwide. With a short life span, and with build up of primary plastic and rubber , there is a high volume of fields and waste which today very often has an unclear and undocumented faith.
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Three main pain points that must be addressed
Extensive use of trucks
To transport a large soccer field from the installation point to its destination, 10-12 semi trucks are needed. This often leads to thousands of kilometers being traveled for every worn down turf. In addition, the same amount of trucks are needed to bring new sand and infill back to the new field. With this setup, the industry contributes to the emission of large amount of greenhouse gasses, roads are congested and trafic safety is reduced.
Reduced national value creation and competitiveness
Today, the raw material from artificial soccer turfs are either burned, lost or exported abroad. There is a lot of local industries using plastic, rubber and sand in their production processes. They would benefit to have access to low cost, clean, high quality raw material from local sources, which will strengten their competitiveness in a though international market.