Australian-made climate positive Olympic hockey turf

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Turf made from Sugar cane? Yes you heard that right.

For the Tokyo Olympics, Polytan’s parent company – Sport Group, spent 3 years developing Poligras Tokyo GT (Green Technology), the world’s first climate positive hockey turf.

Polytan’s Poligras Tokyo GT is a world first synthetic hockey turf which features filaments made from over 60% re-growable raw materials, specifically sugar cane.

We chose sugar cane-based PE technology as it gave us the highest yield of renewable content whilst also delivering on all technical performance requirements for players. Our PE used is based on more than 85% sugar cane and just 15% standard petro-chemistry,” explains Stefan Sick, Director of Research & Development at Sport Group in Germany.

Another sustainable feature includes a shock pad that sits underneath the surface which uses fully recycled rubber and a binder that has been produced with CO₂. This world-first component called cardyon® – a polyol containing CO₂, reduces the amount of crude oil required in the binder by 20%, and is a huge advancement in making the chemical and plastics manufacturing industries greener.

To achieve a ‘totally green supply chain’ we must make our Green Technology more sophisticated and include it in all components and go beyond yarn,” comments Stefan. “We are building a full Green Technology product range that will include other sports applications and other products, for example football products. Tokyo GT is a major development, but it is just the beginning.”

Poligras Tokyo GT has quickly become hockey’s #1 turf worldwide, with over 50 installations across 14 countries.

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