Naturafill is the result of a long joint process of research and development between Domo Sports and CORKSRIBAS resulting on an environmentally friendly artificial grass infill material. A natural product based on specially selected, unique specification, composed with 100% high-performance - CORK. Pure nature, with no additives. The cultivation and processing of the cork is also carried out in perfect harmony with nature from start to finish.
Artificial grass uses infill materials to guarantee the perfect shock-absorbing characteristics of the grass mat. At present these are mostly vulcanised materials such as rubber. With Naturafill, Domo and CORKSRIBAS are taking the next step in its innovative eco-policy.
Naturafill is produced on exclusive basis by CORKSRIBAS in Portugal on cork plantations, where it is harvested from cork oaks at nine-year intervals. An oak's cork is harvested for the first time once the tree is approximately 25 years old. The professional extraction of the cork bark from the trunk has no negative impact on the continued survival of the tree. It is estimated that cork oak groves worldwide absorb 10 million metric tonnes of CO2 per year. This has a positive impact on the safeguarding of our climate. Cork is also a renewable resource, and what’s more, cork oaks are managed sustainably: when an old tree (200 years old) is cut down, a young tree is planted in its place. Because production takes place primarily in Europe, and because the materials weigh so little, the environmental impact of transporting them is also relatively low.
The first infill applied to an artificial grass pitch consists of sand, which provides stability. A second layer is applied on top of this - an infill system that provides sliding and shock-absorbing properties. There are different infills available depending on the specifications for the artificial grass project. Very often recycled and shredded rubber infill is used; unfortunately rubber heats up during summer months and generates unpleasant odours. Domo Sports Grass offers a brand new ecological concept: Naturafill.
ECOLOGICAL ( PORTUGUESE CORK OAK PLANTATION)
Naturafill is a 100% organic artificial grass infill material. Pure nature. The cultivation and processing of the cork is also carried out in perfect harmony with nature from start to finish.
NO ADDITIVES, NO MIXTURE
Naturafill is composed of 100% high-performance cork, without additives. It is not mixed with other materials, such as rubber or coconut fibres, because a mixture would negatively affect the technical playing properties of the pitch.
A RENEWABLE RESOURCE
Cork is a renewable resource that is regenerated in a natural way.
Cork is an organic product. The cork infill can be completely reused without sacrificing any quality and without producing any waste.
In contrast to traditional rubber infill, which can generate unpleasant odours, cork is a totally organic, odourless substance.
Cork has a low thermal conductance thanks to its cellular structure. This helps to keep the pitch cooler. Naturafill infill heats up as much as 30% less than a pitch with a rubber infill.
A NATURAL ENERGY RESTITUTION
Energy restitution values of a pitch with Naturafill are roughly similar to the values measured on a natural pitch.
DRAINS OFF WATER
Cork is moisture proof; it does not absorb moisture, so it cannot get wet from inside either. Thanks to the cork infill, rain will simply drain off.
SUCCESSFULLY TESTED IN ACCREDITED LABORATORIES
Naturafill can be used to replace all traditional infill products, such as SBR, EPDM and TPE, and has been successfully tested in an accredited laboratory to both FIFA 1 & 2 STAR standards.
PROVIDES NO BASIS FOR MICROORGANISMS
Cork is moisture proof. Microorganisms need water in order to survive, which is why Naturafill is not a viable basis for these organisms.
In case of a cigarette butt or any other burning material ending up on the pitch, Naturafill cork is burn inhibiting.
The maintenance procedures for Naturafill pitches are identical to those for rubber filled pitches.