Playing tennis is fun, but constantly replacing balls? Not so much. It's not only a pain — it's bad for the environment. The average can of tennis balls may last just one to four weeks for recreational play and only one to three hours for competitive or professional play! Every year, 125 million tennis balls end up in landfills in the U.SA.
These ubiquitous fuzzy yellow balls are primarily made from rubber that comes from specific rubber trees in Thailand. Although they will eventually decompose, these balls take a whopping 400 years to go back into the earth. During this time, they produce a whole lot of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
Instead of opening a can for a match and then tossing 'em in the trash, help tennis balls achieve their full potential in one of these 11 creative ways.