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Sustainable and eco-friendly tennis

This month, we are hosting a table tennis player, he is not only accomplished table tennis player but a multi-talented athlete rather. Let’s hear his story.

ECOCOM Reporter: Hi Kamil, would you like to introduce yourself to our audience at ECOCOM?

Kamil: Hi, I’m Kamil Uzgur. I was born in 1989, my hometown is Çankırı, and I was raised in Ankara. Almost all my education life was in Ankara and it still is coninuing. I studied at the military school between 2003-2008. I worked as a military paramedic between 2008-2015. After 7 years in the army, I resigned and became a student again. In 2017, I graduated from the Gazi University Physical Education and Sports Teaching undergraduate program. In 2020, I graduated from the same university’s Institute of Health Sciences, Sports and Health Sciences master’s degree. Currently, I am continuing my PhD at Gazi University Movement and Training Sciences program. I can say that my childhood passed with various games in the neighborhood, especially with football. That’s why I had a very active childhood. My introduction to table tennis was through the selection of the school team in primary school. I have played table tennis at various levels in many sports clubs since 1998.

ECOCOM Reporter: What would you like to say about eco-friendliness, sustainability, and recycling in sports?

We’ve been hearing such a huge amount about environmental change as of late, and the realities don’t look great. The proof shows that, on account of human activity, worldwide temperatures are ascending at a level that isn’t manageable for the climate to have the option to endure. Being eco-friendly means more than just recycling cans and bottles. Because of this global problem, we must take on responsibility together. It should be ensured that awareness is increased.

The significance of sports in social orders the whole way across the world is driven by social establishments that empower it to be molded by and to shape cultural issues. Consequently, sports can be a tool for us in harmless to the ecosystem, maintainability, and reuse issues.

In terms of sports, the sports halls built, sports events, the raw material of the produced materials and the recycling of expired materials attract attention. For example, Vodafone Stadium has features such as rainwater collection and effective daylight use.

ECOCOM Reporter: Can Tennis Be Eco-friendly?

In the last couple of years, tennis equipment manufacturers, tournament directors, and power brokers have joined the fight to improve the environment. Efforts have ranged from the symbolic to the substantial, and in typical tennis-industry fashion, plans have been a bit fragmented as everyone, it seems, pursues their own green policy. But the good news is that the ultimate goal is the same to reduce tennis’s possible negative impact on the environment.

That’s particularly been the case for racquet manufacturers. “The industry is becoming more eco friendly overall,” says Linda Glassel, vice president of marketing for Prince Sports. “Every brand has been trying to be more eco-friendly.”

Head, for example, announced in September a partnership with the global environmental charity Cool Earth, which fights climate change by protecting endangered rainforests. Under this agreement, Head will purchase credits that will go to helping preserve rainforests, which lock up atmospheric carbon in their vegetation to the tune of 150 tons of carbon per half-acre. Many believe that reducing rain-forest destruction is the first step in tackling climate change.

For me personally I could suggest the following:

  1. Rent, don’t buy
  2. Buy used Racquets.
  3. Recycle Your Broken Racquets
  4. Trust Your Gut. Slightly expensive but eco friendly
  5. Recycle your tennis balls.
  6. Donate or upcycle your flat tennis balls
  7. Buy athletic clothing made from recycled or sustainable materials.
  8. Buy sustainable shoes, donate and recycle

Buy sustainable shoes, donate and recycle.

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