Adidas builds Sustainable Football Field using 1.8 Million Plastic Bottles

Adidas builds Sustainable Football Field using 1.8 Million Plastic Bottles

The sporting-wear company, Adidas, has buildup a sustainable football field using 1.8 million plastic bottles. A typical turf field uses a large amount of virgin plastics and re-ground rubber. What Adidas did differently was to use plastic bottles that were already polluting our environment, and reuse them to build a high-school football field. The apparel company donated the field made from upcycled plastic waste to Miami Edison High School, which is a short drive away from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the site of Super Bowl LIV. Now, the young football players of Miami Edison High School will be able to enjoy the crunch of the pellets on their football field as they run around knowing they’re running on a sustainable pitch. 

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.

James Carnes, vice president of global brand strategy for Adidas, told CNN

The plastic was washed and treated before it was transformed into infill, which was used to build the artificial field. The infill looks like pellets, and it is critical to the overall function of the field, as it influences the playability, performance and safety of the conditions of the field. It is responsible for the traction of the players, and it also serves as a cushion for players when they slide, dive or fall.

Adidas Sustainable Football 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,” Cameron Collins, the North America director of football at Adidas, said in a statement. “More than a place for these young athletes to play, it’s a reminder of our collective responsibility to end plastic waste.”

Adidas Sustainable Football field