Used tennis balls, what to do with them?

Tennis balls are often used in large quantities and discarded after they lose their pressure and elasticity. Due to their rubber and felt composition, these balls are difficult to recycle and often end up in landfills, where they can take hundreds of years to decompose. This situation creates a significant environmental problem, as it is estimated that around 1.5 million tennis and padel balls are discarded every year in Portugal.

Some interesting initiatives have emerged in response to this problem, such as the “Happy Balls” initiative, a project focused on the collection and recycling of used tennis and padel balls, with the aims of promoting the circular economy, reducing the carbon footprint and giving these balls a new life.

The process begins with the collection of tennis balls, which are then crushed to create a new material.

In footwear, this material can be incorporated into the sole and as a component of the model’s exterior, making it more suitable for sneakers or sportier footwear.

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