Rebound wants to make the ball circular

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Rebound wants to make the ball circular

The French of Rebond have the continuation in the ideas. Three years ago, they produced their first eco-designed balloons under the Fairtrade standard of the NGO Max Havelaar. Last year, they reintroduced part of their production in France. The brand has set itself a new challenge: to develop a complete circular economy around the ball, that is to say to manufacture a new one with an old one. Which is impossible today.

The balloons are indeed constructed with three materials (PVC, PET and cotton or polyester), some of which merge together. However, each material must be recycled independently. The balloons therefore end up in the incinerator. “Faced with this observation, our work consisted in moving towards a single-material product with materials that move away from fossil fuels”, explains Simon Mutschler, the founder of Rebond. PVC, PET and polyester are petroleum derivatives. Currently, they manage to use the same material for the external surface and the internal foam, but have to glue a sheet of recycled polyester. Sheet separated at the time of recycling. Rebound balls are transformed into game pads or shoe soles.

To raise funds and take the next step, a crowdfunding campaign was launched on Ulule. “We have offered a collaboration to several professional clubs: 20 responded positively, including 17 from Ligue 1. As usual, part of the sales (12%) will be donated to associations. » The campaign, which ends in two weeks, is already a success with 1,338 pre-sales, a number well above the target of 750.

This next step has been Rebond’s goal since its inception. “We are going to launch tests to produce a 100% mono-material ball. » And therefore 100% recyclable, without handling. “This is the challenge of our current campaign: to finalize our research and development around the circularity of the product, and to set up the industrial process for the recovery of balls, recycling, production of new balls. »

“The first three years of Rebond served to build our history, the rest will be written around the pure game ball. »

Simon Mutschler, founder of Rebond

The goal, in the end, being to offer professional or amateur clubs, the main consumers, balls at the start of the season, to recover them at the end of the season to recycle them and reinject them into the economy. “We are thus attacking the ball as an almost single-use consumer object, that is to say for one season. »

There is still a long way to go and, to get there, Rebond will offer FIFA standard balls. “We are in the process of signing with the Mondial de Montaigu which will be played with our balloons in 2023, reveals Simon Mutschler. They tested the first samples and validated them. This is great news, which will launch the second phase of our project. The first three years of Rebond served to build our history, the rest will be written around the pure game ball. »

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