April 11th, 2019

Is Synthetic Turf Safe?

Synthetic Turf

The word "synthetic" sounds like something made from chemicals, and for the most part it's true, however, today's synthetic turf formulas are very safe.

Synthetic turf has been around for decades now, and was first made by Chemstrand Company in the 1960's. Since it was first introduced, it has been improved and tested to produce a better product that can be used for a wide range of applications. The latest synthetic turf products are made to be safe for human skin when interacting directly, as well as for eyes, lungs and reproductive systems.

Is synthetic turf safe for everyone?

Yes. Synthetic turf is safe for adults, kids, pregnant women and pets. Modern synthetic grass material is also less abrasive and more similar to natural grass than the early material composites.
Synthetic turf is free of Lead - The first versions of Astro turf included lead, however, lead is no longer used.
Crumb Rubber is Safe for Use - Turf applications for field turf requires crumb rubber (infill) in order to create a bounce effect for athletes and kids who like to play and run around. The tiny particles of rubber were thought to be dangerous, however, the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Alberta Center have determined that the rubber particles do not contain DNA or chromosome-damaging chemicals.
Artificial Grass Won't Harm Your Skin - Some have claimed that artificial lawns can harm the skin upon contact. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment proved that rubber infill and other materials used in synthetic grass do not affect the skin.
An Artificial Lawn Doesn't Contaminate the Air Quality - The British Standards Institute has determined that the ingredients in synthetic turf pose no threat to the health of humans. Further studies by FIFA prove that no Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are released, making air quality safe.

Synthetic turf is resistant to human activities such as contact sports and natural whether elements, and is now more wear-resistant and water resistant. Overall, synthetic turf will stand the test of time through it's resilient nature.

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