Sources & Links for More Information on Synthetic Turf

Following are the principal sources we used to prepare these pages. Reports, Fact Sheets, & Scientific Studies David R. Brown. Artificial Turf. Environment & Human Health (2007). Phyllis Swebilius. More studies needed on artificial turf fields, EPA says. New Haven … more

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Trees

by Joris Rosse Trees have just become a far more important aspect of our lives than they had been before climate change. Trees, large and small, provide crops, firewood, fruit, lumber, wind breaks, and healings. Through photosynthesis, carbon from the … more

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Let’s Shoot for the Moon! Again!

by Sheila Gallagher It’s 2015. Have we reached the point of “Now or Nothing”? Climate chaos is reigning. We know we cannot survive on a dead planet, yet we forge forward, fracking for that ever elusive, pre-historic fossil fuel locked … more

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It’s capitalism, stupid!

by Faramarz Farbod Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla. The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations. We need a transformative politics … more

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Environmental Pros & Cons

In addition to the health & safety concerns for athletes, synthetic turf raises environmental concerns in two ways: Both the grass and the infill are made from toxic products and are not biodegradable; and The infill material releases harmful gases and … more

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Antibiotic-Resistant Infections & Turf Burns

Synthetic turf does not cause infections, but turf burns and other minor abrasions open the door for infectious bacteria. At the same time, Sports Turf NorthWest advises that synthetic turf can become contaminated with bacteria and may need to be … more

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What do athletes think?

Another surprise for us was that we learned that most professional athletes prefer to play on natural grass rather than artificial turf. A survey of NFL professional football players found that: 84% of players believe that injuries are less likely … more

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Maintenance & Upkeep

Synthetic turf marketers sometimes claim that their fields require little or no maintenance, but proper maintenance is essential for playability and for the full usable life of the field. Minimal maintenance includes regular brushing, returning loose infill to the playing … more

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What Is Synthetic Turf?

The “grass” is made from plastic, usually high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. They are attached to a blanket or membrane, and supported by the infill material (usually coarser at the bottom with finer particles in the top layer) that holds … more

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Synthetic Turf Overview

In the last few years, considerable evidence has emerged that indicates that synthetic turf creates serious health concerns. In 2013, the EPA even took the unusual step of withdrawing their safety assurances and called for new studies; Environment & Human … more

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