Following the recent ban of coal tar pitch clays, readers will now be firing at a new breed of clay target when taking part in simulated shoots and charity clay days, or simply just practicing at their local clay shooting ground.

In response to the outlawing of certain chemicals and contaminants, clay manufacturer CCI International has launched its revolutionary Eco clay target. Made of natural materials, it has been officially certified as environmentally friendly and free of PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) by Bureau Veritas.

Under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) authorisation provisions Annex XIV, coal tar pitch was banned for use in the manufacture of clay pigeons in Europe from 4 October 2020.

Established in 1982, CCI manufactures more than 100 million clays each year to ISSF standards so were well placed to research and develop a brand new clay. Made in the UK, Eco clays have been extensively tested by CCI and endorsed by world champion clay shot George Digweed MBE. They are the same weight and size as the old coal tar pitch clays and perform the same way with very few ‘no birds'.

George Digweed commented: “Without doubt the finest Eco clay available in the world today. Every club wanting the best should try them. They are a total game changer. For me the Eco clay ticks all the boxes - it leads in consistency and quality. This new clay will secure the future of the sport.”

CCI CEO Johnny Goodhart added: “We are very proud to unveil our new Eco clay to sell alongside our petro pitch clays. As the name suggests, it is kinder on the environment. Its eco credentials were rubber stamped by Exeter University who assessed its formula. Eco clays also have a higher melting point compared to coal tar pitch which makes them even better for use in warmer climates like the Mediterranean.”


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