Why GreenFields ECO-range

ECO-range

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.

Sustainable synthetic turf

The artificial sports surfaces industry needs a global focus on sustainability to make synthetic turf as ‘green’ as possible and improve its sustainability and impact on the environment over the whole life cycle.

GreenFields has always been at the forefront of innovation and improving sustainability; being one of the first to utilise natural infill within our turf systems and continue to lead 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 Environment-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.

GreenFields Environment-labels explained 


The GreenFields ECO-range is 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. 


A GreenFields synthetic turf system is assessed in three categories, with each three ECO-variables. With these categories each aspect of the system -from raw material to end-of life recycling- is part of the ECO-labelling system. This system makes it possible to score and compare synthetic turf systems relative to each other.


THE MATERIAL FOOTPRINT

The first variable taken into account for the material footprint is the system mass expressed in kg. Using less material in the system will improve the score. The second variable for material footprint is microplastic infill volume; reducing the volume of microplastics or replacing it by alternative infills will improve the system score. The third variable is migration potential, which scores the potential loss of materials from the system to the environment. A straight tufted open product has a higher migration potential compared to low pile dense tufted carpets. Even better are products with texturized or fibrillated yarns that hold the infill or pitches with no infill at all.


Example of the GreenFields Environment-label


THE CARBON FOOTPRINT

This category covers energy usage and emissions from manufacturing and using the product. The first variable is (direct) emission during production, considering energy usage in component production. Scores can be further improved by using less coating (the curing ovens contribute substantially to the energy consumption) or by using less infill materials or from a low emission source. The second variable is emissions from installation. This variable depends highly on the amount of kg that is moved during installation, as in most cases large machines are used for transport and excavation. A reduction in system weight or building systems more at the surface (less excavation) reduce the CO2 footprint substantially. The third variable is emissions from maintenance. Less maintenance means less machine movements and emissions. Systems that need less brushing and less or no (deep) raking score better.

 

THE END-OF-LIFE POTENTIAL

The third category is assessed based on the end-of-life potential of the system for new applications and the energy consumption to reach this potential. The end of life removal scores the ease of removal to leave a clean subbase for a new installation and ship the components for recycling. Less components in the system are easier to separate and for instance a shock pad is easier to remove compared to an in-situ layer. The second variable is the recycling potential scored by the percentage of the system which can be recycled into high-end new applications. If a component consists of a cleaner mono-stream of materials the system scores higher. The final variable, ease of recycling, reflects the number of steps that need to be performed to recycle the system into re-usable materials. More components generally means more steps and the more difficult it is to separate components also results in a lower score.


The average of all scores combined results in a final grade for the system which is reflected by the ECO-label:

TYPICAL SYSTEMS:

 

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