By Denise Valenzuela
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One of the greatest things about the synthetic turf industry is the environmental benefits. As a product there is little else that can boast the green benefits and environmental sustainability that turf provides. The green benefits of our industry covers a wide spectrum of applications from reducing, reusing, recycling and water conservation. Sure most households across America participate in some type of recycling and this is a common well known way to reduce waste. For the turf industry though the mass commercial size of the industry is taking the term recycling to the next level.
Simply because of quantity and size of our industry we use a lot of resources to create turf fields. Because Synthetic Turf is manufactured with recycled post consumer products and made with renewable resources we are a perfect fit for green builders striving to achieve a LEED certification. Its been estimated that annually the synthetic turf making process has recycled over half a million used tires and prevented countless tons of petroleum waste from entering our landfills.
Turf product is designed to extend the product life cycle by using 10% less material that is stronger and has superior dimensional stability compared to traditional natural grasses. Product lifespan is further extended on the face by incorporating nylon 6 in the fibers adding up to 50% longer life. Some manufactures use an environmentally-sensitive polyurethane that replaces a large portion of the petroleum-based polymers with soybean oil (renewable resources).
The water saving benefits of turf can not be understated. This area is on of the biggest impacts that our industry has had on the environment. Depending on the region of the country, a typical grass sports field requires between 500,000 to a million gallons of water or more each year. During 2010, between four to eight billion gallons of water were conserved through its use. Additionally the estimated amount of synthetic turf currently installed has eliminated the need for millions of pounds of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, which has significant health and environmental implications.
For more information on the environmental benefits from turf check out our green blog post series HERE