Making the sports ball
a committed object
with strong values
Helping each other, solidarity, surpassing oneself... so many values carried by the field of sport, and through which our society likes to take example and be inspired. Today's popular sports are essential showcases and have the strength to convey strong messages. We are determined to make sport the vector of new environmental values, through an emblematic spokesperson, a central object on a sports field: the ball.
The ball can say a lot of things about the society in which we live, the ball is popular and unifying everywhere. A poor student in this area, by acting on its market, we want it to take the essential ecological turn, and make it a real catalyst for players in the sports world
The ball is
We love to play with it
with it and pass it to a friend,
As the main player on the ground, we have chosen the sports ball as our emblematic spokesperson.
That of a world that changes and bounces back towards a harmonious future, respectful of man and his environment.
At Rebond, we want to make sports balls differently: thanks to our innovations, we have chosen to make them an ethical, eco-responsible and local product.
To do so, we are working on three main axes :
-Develop balls in bio-sourced materials (= with organic material residues)
-Work on a circular economy around the ball by recycling or upcycling end-of-life products
-Develop a French production chain
Make balls whose outer material is derived from organic residues of plant origin : It's possible !
This is our leitmotiv. We reduce the amount of fossil energy in the balloon, to work with a maximum of natural materials. Accompanied by French industrialists who joined the adventure, we were finally able to release the first bio-sourced balloon, meeting international competition standards, in 2022.
Inside the balloon, we use recycled polyester and a natural latex inner tube, in order to have the healthiest balloon possible.
The external envelope allows us to reach our final ambition: a recyclable ball, made of vegetable materials. Today, we are able to create balls that are "clean" to the maximum, containing no phthalates, and whose inks meet the strict European standards for games and toys (EN71). Technically, our balls meet international competition standards.
The nowadays balls production : Did you know ?
Have you heard about imitation leather when talking about the football ? Behind this term is « simply » hidden plastic: all balls are now made of PVC or PU.
Nowadays when we are all moving towards a healthier world, and consumption committed to products that respect people and the environment, the ball acts as a bad student through the materials used and in its production methods.
Especially since no European standard governs the sports ball when entering our territory: a door open to many cases of abuse.
Behind our ambition, hides a real societal issue: that of influencing a positive impact by producing healthy materials, to respect people as users and producers, as well as our planet.
Working with Punjab, the historical cradle of the sports ball, and creating a production line in France: a great challenge!
Today, Punjab (the region straddling Pakistan and India) accounts for 85% of the world's manual production of sports balls. A cultural know-how that both countries have acquired through their history, and which is part of their heritage. The ball is to this region of the world what soap is to Marseilles, marble to Italy and cashmere to India.
Our desire is not to relocate a Punjabi know-how, developing the local economy. Rather, we want to develop a French production chain to complement these workshops. We are fortunate in France to have access to excellent engineering, allowing us to challenge the materials used on the ball. We see this French and Punjabi knowledge as complementary. In our opinion, eco-responsibility should be seen in an international and not a national way.
Since 2019, we have developed a French production line whose assembly workshop is located in Loire-Atlantique (44).