A fully environmentally friendly ball can thanks to its new features


Penn tennis balls, America’s #1 selling tennis ball brand, just got a whole lot more attractive through improved recyclability and faster biodegradability of their cans.

Penn tennis ball plastic cans have been enhanced to be more efficiently recycled. The new design includes a shorter removable sleeve (covering two-thirds of the can instead of the full can), which means less ink is used and it can be more easily separated by automatic waste separation technology.

The new cans also have another environmentally friendly feature. Because approximately 90% of all plastics end up in landfills, rather than get recycled, the biodegrading process is particularly important. Most plastics take hundreds of years to break down, but Penn is injecting an organic additive produced by Midori Bio Inc. into its new PET cans and plastic lid caps. So, if the cans are not recycled and end up in a landfill, they will break down within only 3-5 years.

Jeff Ratkovich, Senior Business Manager for Penn Tennis, said, “Tennis balls are an integral component in the sport of tennis, and we have to be socially responsible, so it’s absolutely appropriate that we are making our ball cans and lids more recyclable and environmentally friendly.

Our first priority is to promote and encourage the tennis-playing community to recycle their discarded packaging, but we also understand that most of these materials are destined for landfills. So we’re cutting down the biodegrading time by partnering with

Midori Bio and incorporating their pioneering organic additive in our new ball cans and plastic lid caps. It is the responsible thing to do.”

The new ball cans and lid caps will soon start replacing Penn’s current recognizable cans on tennis courts across the US and Canada. Pro Penn Marathon and Penn Tour premium balls have already started hitting shelves, Penn Championship cans are due out later this year, and the remainder of Penn’s ball range are scheduled to hit stores in 2024.

Unlike some other biodegradable products which require specialized environments to degrade, Penn ball cans are consumed (as a food source) by microbes in local landfill sites. The Midori Bio additive allows the buried cans to expand with ground moisture, attracting microbes to the plastic which treat it as food, thereby eating it and breaking down the chemical bonds of the plastic faster. For more information on this biodegradation technology, please visit

Ratkovich added, “For us, the performance of the product is paramount, and it goes without saying that the Penn balls themselves remain unchanged. It’s a case of: same great ball better packaging. As a company, we are committed to improving our operational sustainability, and as part of this effort, we’re delighted to make it easy for tennis players to dispose of their Penn tennis ball cans with a clear conscience. For us, this is another important step towards greater sustainability.”



HEAD is a leading global provider of premium equipment & apparel for athletes and players, at all levels. We have five divisions: WinterSports, RacquetSports, Water Sports, Sportswear and Licensing. We sell products under the brands:

HEAD (alpine skis, ski bindings, ski boots, snowboard and protection products, tennis, racquetball, paddle, squash and pickleball racquets, tennis balls and tennis footwear, sportswear and swimming products) PENN (tennis balls and racquetball balls)TYROLIA (ski bindings) MARES, SSI and rEvo (diving) LiveAboard (diving holidays, dive tours) ZOGGS (goggles, swimwear and equipment) INDIGO (skis, ski helmets, ski goggles, ski accessories, snowboards and other ski gear) Since our launch in 1950, we’ve achieved a reputation for cutting-edge design, engineering excellence and a passion for championing all sport, everywhere. World-class performance demands the very best equipment and that’s why, at HEAD, our purpose is to give athletes and players at every level, exactly what they need to win.