Study reveals that Amorim Sports cork infills contribute to a lower carbon footprint
Amorim Sports’ Nature infills have a negative carbon balance of -72.5kg CO2e/kg. Amorim Sports provides solutions for artificial turf systems for sports applications. Produced with cork, these components, used in artificial sports pitches, contribute to a positive impact on the climate.
Amorim Sport’s nature range is composed of 100% natural cork performant infills. All these products are certified and specially designed for the application. They help improve players’ comfort and foster a lower surface temperature while providing an advantage in terms of sustainability.
These figures and analysis reinforce the company’s commitment to develop a business activity that promotes and offers products with proven capacity to retain higher CO2 sequestration levels than the CO2 emissions associated with their production.
The study was based on a tool specifically developed by PwC – PricewaterhouseCoopers, which makes it possible to estimate the Carbon Footprint associated to granules produced from cork and cork waste, from the management phase of the cork oak forest, transport of these raw materials, processing and packaging, to the factory gate, using the Cradle-to-Gate approach (which does not include transport, application or end-of-life destination).
The use of cork infills in sports systems – in particular football, rugby and other sports fields – returns part of nature to an artificial turf system, bringing it closer to the characteristics of natural turf. Since it is a natural material, cork offers several advantages over traditional infill solutions, including a more natural look and feel, the absence of toxicity and a neutral odor.
Cork infills are valued by athletes given their performance, great moisture absorption capacity and absence of agglomeration of granules that deliver technical quality to pitches and create excellent playing conditions.
The unique characteristics of this 100% natural, renewable, and recyclable raw material therefore guarantees a balance between performance and environmental sustainability.
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