Over the past few decades, badminton racquets (along with tennis, squash racquets and many other sports equipment) have become very high-tech with respect to the materials used in manufacture. Lighter, thinner, tougher, more powerful, more responsive... these are just some of the mantras being used by the manufacturers and their spin doctors.
So, what about spaceship earth? Once we're done playing with a racquet or it's broken or whatever, how do we dispose of this unwanted piece of graphite, or CNT or nanocarbon, or whatever, without degrading the environment we share with millions of other living species?
Are any of the manufacturers considering introducing equipment that incldues a significant amount of biodegradable or "green" material in their final product? And how will this affect the performance of the product?
If you had a choice of using a "greener" racquet that gave you the same performance/experience but had to pay say, 50% more for appeasing your social conscience as a citizen of planet Earth, what would you do?
I would gladly pay double if a manufacturer can guarantee the racket won't chip or break in a doubles clash. Then I won't have to buy a racket for 10 yrs, thus saving much carbon waste from entering the environment.