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Versalis, RadiciGroup and Safitex team up to recycle synthetic grass for sports fields according to Circular Economy principles (11/6/18)
Versalis (Eni), RadiciGroup and Safitex have joined forces to make synthetic grass for sports fields
recyclable in line with the principles of the circular economy. The project was presented today at
Ecomondo and is the result of collaboration between Versalis, which supplies the raw material
(polyethylene), RadiciGroup, a manufacturer of fibres for sport applications, and Safitex, a
manufacturer of synthetic grass turf.
The project involves an all-Italian supply chain and is aimed at reinforcing the circularity of this
application in order to reduce its end-of-life impact. Currently, synthetic grass turf is disposed of
through landfill or incineration, which produces greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to the collaboration
between these three Italian industrial leaders pursuing the path of “Made Green in Italy”, at the end of
its life, synthetic grass turf can now be recycled like other plastics: it is collected, shredded and
processed for other applications in the sports sector (shin guards, elbow pads and bibs) or for
furnishings (vases, accessories and garden equipment).
In order to assess the project’s environmental performance, the three companies carried out a Life
Cycle Assessment (LCA), each for its own product, quantifying the environmental impact with scientific
data and calculation rules valid in all European countries in a reliable and transparent manner. The
results of the studies carried out on the polymer (Versalis), fibres (Radigreen by RadiciGroup) and turf
(EcoNext by Safitex) have been verified by an independent certification body (Certiquality), which
issued each with a Product Environmental Footprint (*PEF) certificate, a method recognised Europe-
wide that allows the environmental performance of products to be measured throughout their entire
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