Adidas makes American football field from 1.8m plastic bottles

03 Feb 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Adidas has struck a blow for sustainability by turning 1.8m plastic bottles into an American football field in Miami.

The standard turf fields used in the sport include a large amount of plastic and rubber, unlike traditional grass pitches. The German sportswear brand, however, has taken recycled plastics, which were washed and treated, and transformed it into infill - small pellet-like pieces of plastic which ensure performance and safety of the pitch by promoting underfoot traction and providing cushioning for falling players.

The sustainable field built by adidas was made from plastic bottles sourced from remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines as the company attempted to prevent them from making their way into the ocean.

Cameron Collins, Director of Football - North America, adidas, said: "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. More than a place for these young athletes to play, it's a reminder of our collective responsibility to end plastic waste."