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 non-allergenic - Many people have a hard time with real
grass because they suffer from allergic reactions caused from the grass pollen. Synthetic grass is
non-allergenic because it doesn't produce pollen, making it a good choice for people and kids who
enjoy healthy activities.
Although the early versions of synthetic turf composits were questionable, the current
turf composits have been proven safe through many studies. It's not only safe, but it's natural
appearance has made it so popular that artificial turf is in demand for many different applications,
including athletic events, playground activities, residential/commercial lawns and more.
Synthetic turf is resistant to human activities such as contact
sports and natural whether elements, and is now more wear-resistant and water resistant than ever.
Overall, synthetic turf is projected to stand the test of time through it's resilient nature.
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