Industry and application area
Fully in-soil biodegradable grass infill for artificial grass fields as an alternative to e.g. the current rubber granulates.
In artificial sport turf systems often rubber granulates are used as infill to make the pitches more durable, weather-proof and to add shock absorption and traction. The granulates are usually made from scrap end-of-life tyres (ELTs) that are cut into smaller forms. In the past years there have been discussions on whether or not these rubber granules cause health issues to both adults and children playing on these fields. Moreover, several thousands of tons of rubber granulates end up in the environment every year polluting the environment with microplastics and toxic components that are capsulated in the tyre rubber.
For these reasons the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently working on a proposal to restrict the use of rubber granules. If the proposal is agreed upon, no more rubber granules may be used on sport fields from 2020 onwards. More information on the restriction can be found in this article of the ECHA website.
- In-soil biodegradable
- Good sports performance
- Low abrasion
The product has been fully developed by Senbis. Test field will be launched in October 2019 in the municipality of Emmen. Further information about the launch will be communicated soon.
The product is expected to be on the market by the summer of 2020. The brand name of this product will be Senbis GreenFill. More information on the material, sports performance, biodegradability certification, and environmental and toxicological testing will be shared via this website soon.