Make Sure Artificial Turf is LEAD-free

As more people are choosing artificial turf to reduce water use it is SUPER IMPORTANT that you make sure yours is LEAD-FREE. 

Also, I personally only recommend artificial turf when other landscaping solutions won’t work. It’s always my LAST CHOICE for a few reasons:

1) it gets quite warm and does not aid in air cooling through evapotranspiration like living plants do.  I’m concerned about the global warming implications of this. 

2) I’m concerned about how it will create micro particles of plastic as it degrades over time. 

Low-water use plants (there are SO many options), mulch, decorative pebbles, decomposed granite and silica-free sand are always items I consider before synthetic grass. 

Concerns about lead and synthetic turf: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/artificialturf.htm

How to test if your grass has lead: http://www.ceh.org/lead-in-artificial-turf/

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Make Sure Artificial Turf is LEAD-free

    • emberliving says:

      Thanks! After much debate in our household we turned a small patch of turf that we had been considering synthetic turf for, into a silica-free sand pit with wood mulch and planting a surrounding it. It looks beautiful and is way more fun and tactile than the synthetic turf. I’m very concerned about the end-of-life-issues of synthetic turf and feel it should be used as the last resort. Let me know what you decide to do!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s