Saving the Environment

Our EcoBall is made from 100% recycled materials. Now what better way to impress your friends or customers by using a "green" golf ball. Driving Ranges that use our EcoBall could use this fact to advertise environmentally practices at their range, and by refinishing their EcoBalls could reduce the number of golf balls that are scrapped each year by 66%.

We get "lost" balls that have been collected from around the country, strip off the outer layers to leave the core and then use "waste" surlyn from the bowling pin industry to make a brand new cover for the ball.

Here are some interesting facts about golf balls:

Also, see the article below from CNN (04 November 2009):

London, England (CNN) -- Research teams at the Danish Golf Union have discovered it takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a golf ball to decompose naturally. A startling fact when it is also estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States alone, every year. It seems the simple plastic golf ball is increasingly becoming a major litter problem.

The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists -- who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster -- were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of golf balls lining the bed of the loch.

It is thought tourists and locals have used the loch as an alternative driving range for many years. The footage shot by underwater robotics team SeaTrepid, can be seen below.

With an increasing number of golf balls discarded each year, the Danish Golf Association devised a number of tests to determine the environmental impact of golf balls on their surroundings.

It was found that during decomposition, the golf balls dissolved to release a high quantity of heavy metals. Dangerous levels of zinc were found in the synthetic rubber filling used in solid core golf balls. When submerged in water, the zinc attached itself to the ground sediment and poisoned the surrounding flora and fauna.

Course manager for the Danish Golf Union, Torben Kastrup Petersen, said the scale of the problem is unknown: "There has been very little research on the environmental impact of golf balls, but it's safe to say the indicators are not good. We are planning to collaborate with environmentalists in America to conduct more tests to fully explore the extent of the problem."

In many cases, removing a partially degraded ball from a lake or woodland area could result in further damage to the wildlife

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