With significant water savings and low maintenance requirements, artificial turf is increasingly promoted as a replacement for natural grass. Because artificial grass is made of various types of plastics, there were many questions about how it would impact the environment when it was first introduced. However, due to the new technology and advanced technics, artificial turf evolves considerably. It is much better for the environment when compared with natural grass.
As we know, artificial grass is made from Polyethylene, Polypropylene or nylon which all consist of various combinations of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen molecules. These mixtures produce artificial grass that resists fading, looks extremely natural and will not deteriorate even after years of use. High quality artificial grass approved by tests of heavy metal free and SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) will have numerous benefits to environment. Below are some of them.
Fewer fuel emissions
During natural grass maintenance, mowing and trimming are needed to keep it looking its best during the changing seasons. Regular mowing and trimming use fuel and oil, in turn releasing harmful emissions into the environment. However, artificial grass looks nice and stays green all year round. No mowing or trimming is needed which will make fewer fuel emissions.
Less water consumed
In the USA alone, on average 9 billion tons of water is used for outdoor activities and a major portion of this goes towards watering lawns and gardens. Out of this, 50% goes to waste as people tend to over-water their plants and lawns. For artificial grass, it does not need water which can help people conserve water resources and reduce the water bill.
Water contamination risk reduced
Proper garden maintenance requires the use of fertilizers and pesticides which are packed with powerful chemicals. The majority of these products end up soaking into the ground and leaching into the earth's underground water supply. In turn, they will contaminate groundwater and the ocean. However, artificial grass does not need any pesticides or fertilizers, and won't cause chemical pollution.
In any case, artificial grass is not perfect. However, after reviewing the good impact it has on the environment, we could say that high quality artificial grass has more benefits for the environment. Even better, all the factors that help the environment also provide health and safety benefits for your family – both humans and pet companions.