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Synthetic Turf Promotes Sustainability

By Denise Valenzuela

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Significant Environmental Impact

Depending on the region of the country, one full-size synthetic turf sports field saves 500,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of water each year. During 2011, about six billion gallons of water were conserved through its use. According to the EPA, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day. Therefore, a savings of six billion gallons of water equates to the annual water usage of nearly 40,000 average American families of four.

The EPA states that nationwide landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost one-third of all residential water use, totaling more than seven billion gallons per day. Yet water conservation is more critical than ever before. In a report published by Wharton the growing scarcity of water is analyzed and its predicted that that by 2030 global water requirements will be a full 40% above the current accessible, reliable supply.  Synthetic turf has eliminated the need for nearly a billion pounds of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, which has significant health and environmental implications. The EPA notes runoff of toxic pesticides and fertilizers is a principal cause of water pollution. Synthetic turf also keeps more than 105 million used tires out of landfills, since crumb rubber recycled from used tires is often used for infill.

Thousands of homes, businesses, golf courses, and public spaces have turned to synthetic grass to provide a lush, attractive landscape solution that requires minimal resources.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates that every square foot of natural grass replaced saves 55 gallons of water per year.If an average lawn is 1,800 square feet, then Las Vegas homeowners with synthetic grass could save 99,000 gallons of water each year.

Innovative Practices

When the Battery Park City Authority in New York decided to renovate its old grass ball fields that frequently turned to mud, they wanted to create an athletic field that benefited the environment as much as players. The result is the country’s most sustainable playing field featuring synthetic grass.

Expanded the recycling efforts by the industry have made significant impacts on prices and on protecting the environment.  Recently the indutry launched the the PET Park Project, with Yellowstone National Park and is collecting plastic bottles from Grand Teton National Park and converting them into a non-woven fleece material used to manufacture high-performance, environmentally friendly backing for carpet and synthetic turf products. This partnership diverts nearly 300 million plastic bottles from landfills annually and helps the park meet its recycling goals.

 

 

 

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