By now, most know that artificial turf has come a long way from the mess that it was a few decades back. Modern artificial turf is attractive, durable, and far and away easier to keep looking great. But in a culture that is constantly looking for safer, greener solutions that can help preserve our environment, how does artificial turf stack up?
We’re happy to say it stacks up quite well, and we’re here today to tell you why!
What Makes Artificial Turf Different from Plastic?
If you were asked what it is in many modern plastics that most environmentalists hate, what would that be? Chlorine—one of the biggest components in PVC pipe, and also one of the biggest arguments for moving away from its use. Artificial grass, on the other hand, does not contain chlorine! The poly plastics used in turf production use almost all of the same materials as standard natural grass: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc.
That means artificial grass skips out on potentially dangerous and harmful chemicals, instead using only products that are “green” safe and that play well with our general environment.
Artificial Grass Gets Points for Resource Conservation
Once a real grass lawn is planted, what sustains it? Irrigation and fertilizer. And what resources are used to keep it maintained? Gasoline for cutting tools, mostly. These are actually a lot of resources used, and they’re used in countless lawns across the country. Add them up, and pound for pound, artificial turf is self-sustaining, meaning it saves on using any of the above resources.
This makes it a solid choice for water conservation, as well as a good countermeasure against the use of fertilizer—specifically nitro-based fertilizer—a product commonly maligned for contaminating groundwater and stressing soil. There are no more fossil fuels used, too, and that’s a no-brainer for anyone looking to minimize their carbon footprint.
Synthetic Turf Is Becoming Heavily Recycled
There is one major point against artificial turf, and we would be dishonest to not mention it. The manufacturing and production of artificial grass is energy intensive, and it does generate a modest amount of byproduct that needs to be carefully disposed of so that it will not do harm.
That said, these are things that the industry is well aware of, and steps are being taken to handle it. Nowadays, extensive recycling programs are being moved into place that, once running well, are going to mean poly turf becomes nearly self-sustaining. This means production can slow down significantly, and in its place, we can hope for 100% conservation instead. With that out of the way, artificial turf will be right at the top of any “going green” list.
Eco-Friendly Artificial Turf in the DC Metro Area
Interested in the green benefits of an artificial putting green, pet turf, or sports turf? Contact the pros that have been proudly serving Maryland, Virginia, and the DC area for years! We can help you choose the ideal option to suit your green needs.
Contact Capitol Turf Pros online for your consultation, or dial 240-454-3794 to find out more today!