15 Jul 2020

GreenFields launches ECO-range: top-class systems with an optimal sustainability

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GreenFields will launch a new ECO-range; a range of artificial turf systems designed with a strong focus on sustainability and durable performance. The systems are labelled via an innovative and robust classification system to illustrate the eco-credentials of each system. The sustainability classification has been developed, tested, and evaluated with the support of the new Centre for Turf Innovation by TenCate Grass.

On a global scale, society is becoming more aware of the exhaustion of our planet. An expanding lack of space asks for optimum use of available land. Increasing water shortage asks for solutions to save water resources. Synthetic turf can provide a sustainable path towards optimising space and saving water resources.

The benefits of exercise are well known and therefore it is important to enable people to enjoy sports and play, strengthening their mental and physical health. Synthetic turf for sports provides millions of people worldwide the opportunity to exercise and enjoy sport at the best of their abilities, regardless of available space, local climate, and water availability. A synthetic turf surface provides up to 10 times more playing hours than a natural equivalent; it can be used all year round and in all conditions.

The artificial sports surfaces industry needs a global focus on sustainability to make synthetic turf as ‘green’ as possible and improving its sustainability and impact on the environment over its whole life cycle. Recently, certain types of infills have been classified as intentionally added microplastics. In Europe, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) proposed to restrict or ban these intentionally added microplastics being used within synthetic turf systems (https://echa.europa.eu/-/echa-proposes-to-restrict-intentionally-added-microplastics), providing a regulatory path towards improving sustainability.

GreenFields has always been at the forefront of innovation and improving sustainability; being one of the first to utilise natural infill within turf systems and leading the way in high-end non-filled systems for sports applications. The new GreenFields ECO-range will cover a full range of turf systems; from entry level to high-end with a selection of eco-friendly options covering system design, natural infills, recycling efficacy, material selection and production methods. The range comprises of synthetic turf systems that are robustly classified as having a low impact on the environment. The classification for each system is expressed with a new ECO-label, designed to cover the most important aspects for a sustainable system including: the material footprint, the carbon footprint, and the end-of-life recycling potential.  

For clubs and municipalities that want to opt for a durable high-performing sports pitch that is as eco-friendly as possible, GreenFields has the solution.

More information on the GreenFields ECO-range can be found on our website soon. For immediate extra information, please contact our office at +31 (0)548 633 333.