Innovations for Sustainability– Rays of Hope for the Future
In an age where waste management is of the highest concern, and the recycling crisis begs for a restructuring overhaul, sustainability is more crucial now than it has ever been. In these critical times, companies must strive to integrate green products and processes into their daily operations whenever possible, and ProdTek is doing just that with a revolutionary product called Turf Cushion™.
A Sweet Idea
Making strides for sustainability with their patented, eco-friendly production process, ProdTek is accomplishing exactly what they set out to do within the artificial turf industry, while also leaving the smallest possible footprint. Their Turf Cushion™ turf underlay is sustainable, renewable, and 100% recyclable. Yes, you read that correctly. 100% recyclable.
Turf Cushion™ is comprised of a combination of recycled polyethylene and Eco Raw™– a sugarcane polyethylene that is sustainably produced and carbon neutral. Let that sink in for a moment. Sugarcane. It’s so incredibly inventive. This is just the kind of thinking and innovation it will take to turn the ship around, in terms of recycling on a global level.
High Recycled Content (HRC) Status
This revolutionary product is installed under artificial turf in a wide range of applications from playgrounds to sports fields to indoor play areas, where shock attenuation is imperative for users. The Turf Cushion™ underlay utilizes Braskem’s I’m Green™ polyethylene bioplastic, a sustainably-produced sugarcane based polyethylene, and qualifies for High Recycled Content (HRC) status. In utilizing Braskem’s I’m Green™ Polyethylene as an environmentally-friendly alternative to petroleum-based polyethylene, ProdTek’s Turf Cushion™ has the potential to significantly reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the product value creation chain.
Sustainable & Effective
Not only is this product clean and green, but it’s also a top performer. Turf Cushion™ underlay actually achieves the highest possible safety performance in the industry as measured by GMAX and HIC- Head Injury Criteria readings and using only one 2-inch Turf Cushion™ pad. John Karr, President at ProdTek said, “We feel like we have a product that creates value for everyone and serves society as well.” The underlay enhances safety for children in playground environments, is economically advantageous for turf installation companies, and is 100% recyclable/carbon neutral, and therefore a leap in the right direction for sustainability.
The benefits of Turf Cushion™ don’t end there. A reported 25% reduction in installation time has allowed turf crews to be more efficient in their work. It’s also 100% recyclable, which means that when it reaches the end of its life as underlay, it can be reclaimed and turned into pellets that can be used to make a variety of products, from toys to containers. All the companies involved in the development and production of Turf Cushion™ are proud of the impact it can have on the industry and the planet.