Towards a circular economy with artificial sports grass
Economic growth without depleting resources. This is one of the three priorities of the EU Green Deal. For the artificial grass sector, and thus for Domo® Sports Grass, this means adapting our artificial grass products to reduce waste as much as possible. Our ultimate ambition is to eliminate it altogether in the long run and create a circular economy.
Waste with value
The word "waste" has acquired a negative connotation over the years. Some "waste" from certain industries are of value in production in other industries. This is no different within our industry. The solution is to create circular artificial grass. We achieve this in two directions in the supply chain. The first way is to create value from waste, the second way is to create waste with value.
Artificial football grass with post-consumer recycled plastic material
We believe in creating value from waste. That is why we offer artificial turf that contains post-consumer recycled plastic material from other industries. We prove this with the ISCC Plus certificate.
Why is post-consumer recycled plastic better than bio-based solutions?
Artificial turf made from bio-based sugar cane is, in itself, an effective way to reduce CO2 emissions. On the other hand, this material comes from water-intensive plantations, which raises concerns about land use. Domo® Sports Grass therefore prefers post-consumer recycled plastic material as an environmentally friendly alternative, with a focus on resource conservation, waste reduction and regional protection.
fully recyclable artificial grass in closed loop
When developing a product, we need to ask ourselves: "What happens when the field has reached the end of its life? Did you know that every Domo® Sports Grass artificial grass pitch is at least recyclable? But you can also come to us for the truly circular solutions. Thanks to Domo® Infinitum, your artificial grass can be closed-loop recycled at the end of its life. In this way, we create waste with value for the production of new artificial grass fibres or for plastic products in other industries.
Recycling old turf as a shareholder of GBN-AGR
The great advantage of sports turf is that when a layer is installed or renewed, the waste management is completely in the hands of the installer. If the Domo® Sports Grass team does the installation of your sports pitch, we make sure that the old artificial grass is taken to a recycling plant. To put this even more into practice, we are a shareholder of GBN Artificial Grass Recycling, located in The Netherlands. In this way, we encourage other artificial turf installers to manage their waste in the same way.
See how GBN-AGR works
Create value from waste, create waste with value, create a circular sports field
Why should we move to a circular economy?
- To avoid the depletion of natural resources: The world population is growing significantly, with the result that our consumption is larger than what the earth can offer in resources. A circular economy helps to save the earth’s natural resources.
- To reduce waste and pollution: Manufacturing of different products can lead to pollution of air, water, and soil and delivers waste, during and after the end of its life cycle. Creating a circular economy can reduce pollution and waste by reuse and recycling.
- Create new jobs: A circular economy creates new chances for entrepreneurs and employees in the sector of recycling.
- Innovation: The goal of creating a circular economy triggers innovation related to product development and manufacturing processes. This can lead to new and more efficient technologies.
The transition to a circular economy is a challenge, but it is a challenge we must rise to. With the commitment of governments, businesses, and sports clubs, we can create an economy that is sustainable, and fair and creates prosperity for all.
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Frequently asked questions
Can you recycle artificial grass?
Yes, artificial grass is recyclable.The artificial grass range of Domo Sports Grass is at least recyclable into other products. With the Domo Infinitum backing, we can make fully recyclable artificial grass in closed loop circuit. In other words: it becomes 100% renewable.
Is artificial turf made from recycled plastic material?
Whether your artificial grass is made from recycled plastic or not, depends on the manufacturer. Domo Sports Grass offers a range of products you can ask to produce with post-consumer recycled plastic materials. We are therefore ISCC Plus certified and unique in this.
What is the difference between bio-based and renewable materials?
Bio-based raw materials are derived from living organisms, such as different types of crops, wood, and algae. Renewable resources can renew themselves within a certain period of time. These resources can be used sustainably without exhausting natural resources in the long term. They do not always come from biological sources, but also from sources as sunlight or recycled waste material.
Is biobased the same as biodegradable?
Biobased plastics are manufactured entirely or partially from biological sources. However, it's essential to note that biobased plastics do not inherently imply biodegradability or compostability.