Synthetic grass is environmentally smart and earth-friendly. You know the words:
Too bad the corroborating facts supporting that phrase that pays in so many ways aren’t always so easy to remember. Here’s a refresher course, with talking points, to review what makes today’s artificial turf green in every way:
Know about H20 conservation A natural grass lawn needs lots of water to stay green and healthy – 40 inches of water per square foot per year in most temperate climates, according to government and university analysis. Now consider that most homeowners habitually overwater, often doubling what the grass needs. That makes 80 gallons. Don’t forget evaporation, which typically accounts for another 20 gallons annually. Add it all up, and one square foot of sod can consume 100 gallons of water per year! (Calculator handy? Using this math, annual water consumption for natural grass equates to 11.2 cups of water per square inch.) An artificial turf lawn, of course, requires NO WATER to stay perfectly green, year after year.
No chemicals Fertilizers aren’t needed to keep synthetic grass looking healthy, and use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides etc. isn’t likely. Not applying chemicals that contribute to groundwater contamination and toxic runoff – that’s more than a side (or –cide) benefit for the environment.
Getting the lead out Unlike yesterday’s Nylon turf, today’s polyethylene-based products are manufactured without lead, lead chromates or other heavy metals. The color comes from naturally occurring pigments embedded in the fiber.
Zero mower emissions Sharp observers will note that synthetic grass renders lawn mowers (and weed trimmers) obsolete. Since gas-powered lawn equipment can produce as much pollution in one hour of use as 10 automobiles, turf contributes to cleaner air.
Cutting down on lawn clippings Actually, never having to use a mower means absolutely no cuttings. That reduces landfill glut, since lawn waste can account for one-third or more of a community’s waste. Also, decaying grass clippings contribute to the greenhouse effect.
Energy savings Far less energy is consumed in the manufacture of turf than is used for years of maintenance of natural grass. For added fuel to the fire, consider the decreased amount of fossil fuels or natural gas used to produce and process lawn care chemicals, or the paper and plastic products that support maintenance.
Recyclable and reusable Components of synthetic grass and installations can be recycled and reused to make shopping and tote bags, T-shirts and coasters, or repurposed as top dressings for landscaping and fuel for industrial furnaces.
Bonus points The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificiation program awards up to 14 of its possible 100 base points for green construction relating to synthetic grass installation.