Shaw Sports Turf® announces that its NXTPlay shock pad product is the first Shaw turf product of any type to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™. The patent-pending product made from reclaimed and recycled turf fields that was introduced in September 2020 is now Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Bronze.
According to Shaw Sports Turf one (American Football) field of pad produced equals one turf field diverted from the landfill. The pad is made with up to 80% recycled content.
In addition to sustainability and performance attributes, the pad is reliable and easy to install. Testing illustrates a resistance to freeze-thaw climates as well as superior drainage, Shaw Sports Turf claims. Further, NXTPlay shock pad installs two times faster than other underlayments on the market.
The pad is supplied in a large-roll format, allowing for quicker installation, fewer seams and reduced waste material. The pad is also supposedly being stable under any weather conditions.
“NXTPlay is just another example of how Shaw Sports Turf continues to lead the synthetic turf industry in research and development—bringing new innovations and solutions to the market while providing the next level in performance to customers,” states Chuck McClurg, vice president of the turf division at Shaw.
“This is just the latest in our commitment to creating ‘more than a field.”
McClurg continued, “We’ve spent considerable time listening to player needs, carefully assessing market needs, and examining additional environmental sustainability opportunities for our products.”
The company claims to have almost half a billion kg of carpet reclaimed and recycled since 2006, as well as the more than 800 million kg of raw material assessed for material health in 2019.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard is rooted in the Cradle to Cradle® design principles established by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart. Standard requirements are developed through a stakeholder engagement process with input from technical experts, market leaders and the public.