In honor of today’s opening of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, here’s an interesting tidbit about French chemical company Arkema joining big electronics manufacturer Sony in creating a unique soccer ball that will be distributed by NGOs for African children.
The soccer ball called “Join the Team” is partially made from Arkema’s castor oil-based thermoplastic elastomer Pebax® Rnew found in one of the ball’s dual layered surface. The ball is said to have 1.6x higher durability than conventional soccer balls.
This football donation program is part of a wider project called “Earth FC” which aims to draw the attention of the international community to the major health challenges facing Africa such as the spread of AIDS.
Not only is it green in a material sense but green as well in social aspect. Now that’s sustainability!