Polytan’s “Green Technology” marks out a new generation of highly developed products that combine cutting-edge technological expertise from the plastics industry with the functional and ecological benefits of renewable raw materials or alternative technologies that protect the climate.
Since 1969 our name has been synonymous with uncompromising quality and functionality when it comes to synthetic sports surfaces. Polytan has always attached great importance to sustainability and a low environmental impact. As a responsible full-service provider, we ensure the appropriate and conscientious use of resources at each step in the life cycle – from the selection of raw materials through production, installation, use and maintenance, to disposal and recycling. Our certified environmental management, in accordance with ISO 140001 since 2015, underlines this claim.
Development and Design
Sustainability starts with the design and development of our products.
We also set uncompromising quality standards when selecting the raw materials used for our products.
The reduction of negative environmental influences also plays an important role for Polytan production.
Usage and Maintenance
The service life is one of the most important prerequisites for ensuring a positive eco-balance of synthetic turf.
Recycling and Reuse
Even after their active career, our products are far from over.
The future of plastic is renewable
In line with the objectives of the EU Commission’s strategy for a plastics and bio-based economy, we are also working hard on researching the use of bioplastics and CO2-based plastics, which are already usefully supplementing our oil-based product portfolio and, in the long term, may even gradually replace it. We are working on this initiative together with leading companies from around the world such as Braskem, Covestro and the infill specialist Melos who, just like Polytan, is part of the Sport Group GmbH.
Bio-based plastic for artificial turf
Incorporating recycled plastics
Artificial turf recycling
Natural infills. Natural playing experience.
Synthetic turf systems can be equipped with different infills depending on the type of sport and preferred play properties. We offer systems that are filled with sand and elastic infill granules, sand and cork or other natural infill materials, or only quartz sand. The infill ensures an authentic feel, grip and traction during fast changes of speed and direction, optimal ball rolling behaviour and a high level of player protection.
Cork is a natural, renewable material that is also suited to use as infill for synthetic turf pitches. It boasts good cushioning properties and is applied over a layer of sand. What’s more, the odourless material obtained from the bark of cork oak and is completely biodegradable.
Synthetic turf filled with BrockFILL feels like natural turf and falls within the optimal traction range. The infill material meets the requirements of the FIFA quality programme for synthetic turf systems, as well as those of World Rugby.
Infill made of shredded olive pits is a sustainable alternative to rubber granules. This infill also meets the requirements of the circular economy and, like cork and BrockFILL, is compostable.
You find it on almost every synthetic turf pitch: the mineral filling material sand, or specifically quartz sand. The quartz sand we use and that is monitored according to EN 15330-1 features a defined quality and particle size.