National First prize winner


Creating a circular economy for sports, starting by upcycling soccer gear.


The United Nations has reported that the global sports sector is responsible for emissions equivalent to those of a medium-sized country. A top 3 contributor to this is the carbon footprint the supply chains generate for sports-related equipment. Specifically, 170 million pairs of athletic shoes wind up in a landfill in the U.S. annually; meanwhile, millions worldwide do not have access to play.

Introducing Passback: Where Sports Meets Sustainability. We are a reuse and recycling solution that creates a circular economy for sports gear – starting by upcycling soccer gear.

Passback’s innovative reuse and recycling process provides:
-Sustainability by keeping plastic and textile waste out of landfills.
-Community education about the intersectionality between our actions in sports and its impact on the environment.
-Basic-need opportunities such as safe play, injury prevention, and economic development.

Quick facts

  • 2023 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Circular Economy
  • Costa Rica
  • € 20k
  • 3

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