Can paintball go greener?

by michael on March 14, 2011

in Paintball Gear,Paintball Information,Paintball News

Eco Friendly Paintballs from RAP4

Examples of new and often seemingly ridiculous green initiatives are all around us these days, and new ones are constantly being announced in an effort to better protect our lovely planet. Though the obvious polluters, like cars and factories, are often legally required to minimise their polluting output and do whatever they can to go green, it’s refreshing to hear of paintball making moves to operate in an entirely eco-friendly fashion too.

This comes about as ExtremePaintball announced this week that they have a new range of 100% eco-friendly paintballs. Using soybean oil as their binding property, rather than the glucose that most paintballs tend to use, apparently ExtremePaintball’s new range of paintballs are the friendliest ones yet. However, have a quick search online and you’ll probably come across various blogs and forums arguing that paintball already is environmentally friendly enough, and even regular paintballs are harmless to the environment. Well, we cant vouch for every brand of paintball out there, but we do know that the paintballs we use have no impact on the environment and biodegrade completely naturally, thanks to their largely food-based ingredients.

Interestingly though, ExtremePaintball also offer a huge range of paintball gear, from markers to landmines and smoke grenades; so if they could introduce green developments across the rest of their products then they would certainly be at the forefront of eco-friendly paintball. However they’re not the only ones advertising planet-friendly paintballs, as RAP4 have been selling their DXS range of ‘clean’ paintballs for over a year now. Dubbed the ‘world’s first green paintballs’, the range include an alternative filling which is based on an entirely natural, food-based ingredients, and have stayed away from using oils completely so as not to affect the soil and ground around where they decompose.

One interesting perk (or massive disadvantage, depending on how you see it) of creating paintballs from natural components is that they potentially turn into food for animals, and last year some hungry bears made news headlines after they broke into a paintball site to chow down on used paintball shells in Montana.

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