Health-related concerns connected with synthetic turf

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf (March 2015)

[Updated March 18, 2015] The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Timesand Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley)—and the few … more

Posted in Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Synthetic Turf |

Synthetic Turf Update

November 2017 – Synthetic Turf: Industry Claims vs. the Science. Environment & Human Health, Inc. [EHHI]. November 2017. More clear evidence of risks & problems with synthetic turf. August 2017 – Synthetic Turf update [August 2017] – includes links to … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Air, Childhood, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Health, Landscaping, Schools & Learning, Soil, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Synthetic Turf Overview

In the last few years, considerable evidence has emerged that indicates that synthetic turf (also known as artificial turf) creates serious health concerns. As of January 2016, there are over 200 cases of lymphoma & other cancers in young athletes … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Landscaping, Place & Infrastructure, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Additional Sources & Links from NY Health Department

Additional Links & Resources listed by the NY Department of Health Temperature of In-filled Synthetic Turf Athletic Fields Adamson, C, Feature Research: Synthetic Turf Playing Fields Present Unique Dangers; University of Missouri, Columbia, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, http://cafnr.missouri.edu/research/turfgrass.php McNitt … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Synthetic Turf |

Precautionary Principle in Wellness Policies

To build an environment that truly supports health & wellness, we need to recognize that we sometimes need to make decisions before health impacts or safety concerns can be definitively proven or disproven. Where human health is involved, it is … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf |

Sources & Links for More Information on Synthetic Turf

Following are the principal sources we used to prepare these pages, with updated information added as it becomes available. Reports, Fact Sheets, & Scientific Studies Athletic Playing Fields and Artificial Turf: Considerations for Municipalities and Institutions [PDF]. Toxics Use Reduction Institute … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Schools & Learning, Soil, Students' Rights, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Costs – Natural Turf v. Synthetic

One of the surprises we found in our research, is that a natural turf is often much less costly than synthetic turf (also known as artificial turf), even with fairly heavy use. The cost for each field depends, of course, on … more

Posted in Agriculture, Capitalism, Local Businesses, Sustainability & Business, Synthetic Turf |

Play It Safe – for athletes, parents, and institutions

The following recommendations are based on understanding the risks created by playing on or near synthetic turf. Compiled from advice on several health & sport-specific sites, they can help reduce — but not eliminate — some of the serious health … more

Posted in Asthma, Environmental Health, Students' Rights, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf |

Environmental Pros & Cons

In addition to the health & safety concerns for athletes, synthetic turf raises environmental concerns: Both the grass and the infill are made from toxic products and will wind up in landfills when the fields need to be refurbished (10–12 years); … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Climate, Habitat, Soil, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections & Turf Burns

Synthetic turf does not cause infections, but turf burns and other minor abrasions open the door for infectious bacteria. Sports Turf NorthWest reports that synthetic turf can become contaminated with bacteria and may need to be disinfected regularly. One drug-resistant … more

Posted in Air, Environmental Health, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |