Tennis and padel are beloved sports that millions of people enjoy playing every year. While they do offer numerous physical and mental health benefits, there are environmental consequences associated with these sports that often go unnoticed.
Non-biodegradable Materials and Landfill Pollution
The fact is, tennis and padel balls are made from non-biodegradable materials that takes hundreds of years to break down. This means that every ball that ends up in a landfill or in the ocean will remain there for centuries, contributing to the growing problem of pollution.
A Growing Problem
It's estimated that 1 billion tennis balls are produced, used and thrown away worldwide every year, and most of them will end up in landfills or burned, from where they'll release toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases into the environment. The problem is only getting worse as the popularity of tennis and padel continues to grow, and since it's not just the tennis balls themselves that are a problem.
Tennis and padel courts require a significant amount of resources to be build and maintained, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Even the transportation of balls, equipment, players and fans to and from tournaments and matches also has a significant environmental impact.
Solutions to the Problem
Fortunately, there are companies working to address this problem by upcycling and recycling used tennis and padel balls to mitigate this environmental disaster. As a company who does just that, we are committed to reducing the amount of waste generated by these sports, and by upcycling as many balls as we can into new products, we can hopefully help create more sustainable and circular future. By raising awareness of the environmental impact of tennis and padel, we hope to encourage players, fans, major tennis- & padel brands to adopt more sustainable practices.