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Adidas has created a sustainable football field – made from 1.8 million recycled plastic bottles, that is around 40,000 pounds of plastic waste.

The field, at Miami’s Edison High School, used bottles sourced from beaches, coastal communities, shorelines, and remote islands.

Artificial pitches use plastic pellets for traction and cushioning. The bottles were washed and treated, then turned into these pellets.

‘Collective responsibility’

“We believe that through sport we have the power to change lives, and this field is a demonstration of our taking action on that belief,” Cameron Collins, North America director of football at Adidas, said in a statement.

“More than a place for these young athletes to play, it’s a reminder of our collective responsibility to end plastic waste.”

In addition to the new sustainable pitch at Miami Edison, recycling bins were placed across campus to help students maintain their commitment to ending plastic waste.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.