The first ever fully biodegradable synthetic turf field has been opened. The field was installed at E.H.S.’85 F.C. in Emmen, the Netherlands. The entire top layer, consisting of infill, yarn, backing and the coating, has been made from raw materials that will fully degrade when put in a composter. The system is the result of a call to the synthetic turf industry in 2018 by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) to develop more sustainable synthetic turf surfaces. “It is a remarkable achievement that we can already open a fully biodegradable synthetic turf pitch today,” Paul van der Kolk of Sportinnovator said, praising the achievements of the consortium that consisted of Senbis Polymer Innovations, Sweco, Edel Grass, Antea Sport and TenCate Grass. “Innovations usually have a lead time of seven years before they are fully embraced. Here you managed to do that in two and a half years.” Van der Kolk promised the many attendees at the field’s opening that he will lobby the government to add biodegradable synthetic turf to a list with products which entitle clubs to subsidies when investing in sustainable technology for sports facilities.