Adidas Makes, Donates Football Field Out of 1.8 Million Plastic Bottles

Using the Super Bowl last week in Miami Gardens as a backdrop, Adidas created a sustainable artificial turf football using approximately 1.8 million plastic bottles. The company then donated the field made from this upcycled plastic waste to Miami Edison High School, which is not far from Hard Rock Stadium, home to Super Bowl LIV.

The field is not unlike other artificial turf fields around the country — it looks like pellets and it feels like regular turf. But while a typical turf field uses a large amount of virgin plastics and re-ground rubber, the Adidas field used plastic bottles sourced from remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines — all with the goal of preventing it from polluting the ocean. The plastic was washed and treated before it was transformed into infill, which was used to build the artificial field.

"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, the 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."