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Product Lifecycle of a Soccerball

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Daniel Maksimovich

on 14 January 2013

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Daniel Maksimovich Raw Materials Used How are the raw materials are obtained What are the components to this product? How is the product put together? Soccer balls are made overseas and are transported by plane to different countries.

Then by truck, or train the soccer ball is transported into a more local areas, and distributed throughout the country.

Oftenly they are shipped prepackaged, to ensure that they arrive to the area without any damage. This requires use of paper, (cardboard). Crude oil is extracted from the earth and is then used to create various types of plastics and polymers.

Natural latex rubber could also be extracted from plants

Glue is made through substances like animal fat, natural rubber, bones, starch, or milk.

Cotton is also picked from plants. Crude oil could be extracted from many areas around the world including Saudi Arabia, or Canada.

Natural latex rubber could be extracted from the Pará rubber tree.

Glue could be extracted from animals, bones, or fat.

Cotton plants are grown in many areas throughout the US. 1). The cover (visable surface):

This part of the soccer ball is usually patterned and covered with many hexagons. It is typically made with synthetic leather (which comes from plastics).

2). Lining:

Stitching or glue holds the hexagonal patterns to the ball

3). Bladder:

This part of the ball holds the pressurized air in the ball, and also is made from rubber. How is transportation handled? The Life Cycle of a Soccer ball The soccer ball is put together in many components also varying in size and weight.

Layers of fabric are glued to the surface of the ball. A soccer ball could have up to 4 layers of cotton or polyester lining to provide strong durability for the ball.

Panels are also cut for the exact amount for the ball. Exterior panels are also cut, but usually will gave logos printed on them.

Holes are prepunched into the ball, and is then sewed by either hand or machine.

Stitched balls are then reversed, so none of the stitches are viable from the outside. Soccer ball Waste During production, there is little waste produced, other than a small amount of scraps that are striplings used to create the ball.

One way to reduce waste for example, could be to collect the remaining scraps, seperate them by component, melt, reshape, and finally reuse. Waste disposal at home Disposal of the ball is a bad option. You could reuse the ball instead of disposing it. This is save energy, reduce pollution and most importantly, save resources.

One way to do this is to donate your ball to an organization of some sort. An example of this type of organization could be "Global Giveaway."

Recycling the ball is different, because it was created and stitched using different materials. Recycling would probably mean dismantling the soccer ball itself.

Product Durability Typically a soccer ball will last 5-6 months, but his also depends on the manufacturing of the ball.

Balls equipped with stronger materials will last longer than those of weaker form.

Another factor is how long the ball is used and how much care is given to the ball. For example, leaving the ball outside and exposing it to sunlight, rain, or cold weather would damage the ball. Sustainable Practices for the Soccerball Typically a soccer ball does not require a lot packaging, as it could be purchased alone without the additional packaging. Still, on some occasions, manufacturing still chose to prepackage their soccer balls to avoid damage during transportation.

One way to reduce the amount of resources used is maintaining good quality control of the soccer ball. This will increase it's durability in the long run.

In the end, the soccer ball could be donated to those less fortunate, or recycled.
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