So-called hybrid bearing layers are an alternative to hybrid turf systems. Hybrid bearing layers strengthen the root horizon and therefore protect the turf against damage effectively.
Synthetic fibres are added to strengthen the turf-bearing layer. Together with the roots, they create an extremely stable and resilient sports turf. Polypropylene or polyethylene fibres in different lengths and diameters have been used for previous systems. The improvements that were achieved concerning shear strength and evenness of these systems are significant.
Thanks to the hybrid bearing layer Sporthybrid T, we now stock the first hybrid bearing layer made of bioplastics in the world. We use plastics produced from renewable raw materials to reinforce the fibres.
This sustainable and resource-saving innovation that we implented with various partners is now available. Renewable raw materials are used for production, and Sporthybrid T fibres are also biodegradable. Under composting conditions the bioplastics degrade entirely.
The Sporthybrid T fibre has many advantages during the utilization phase:
Green waste does not have to be collected and disposed of as residual waste. Grass clippings and scarified material can be disposed of as green waste thanks to the Sporthybrid T fibres since they do not contain any synthetic plastics.
But the Sporthybrid T system also offers ecological and economic advantages concerning its removal. Usual hybrid turf bearing layers and hybrid bearing layers entail significant removal costs as the plastics included cannot be separated entirely from the rooted turf-bearing layer, which means that the turf-bearing layer that was used has to be disposed of.
Since the Sporthybrid T fibre is biodegradable but at the same time robust enough to be used several times, the Sporthybrid T system is economically more viable than other systems when taking into account the whole life cost, despite higher initial investment. The initial investment is higher because the material costs of plastics produced from renewable raw materials and biodegradable plastics are still relatively high since their sales volumes have been rather low so far.