Is Artificial Grass Safe for the Environment?

Are you having the same doubts like other millions of homeowners across the US on the eco-friendliness of artificial turfs? If you’re planning to renovate your backyard or front lawn but found yourself stuck in between keeping your conventional lawn or going for the artificial grass, you should not worry. That’s a normal thing for a responsible citizen.

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The world as we know it is currently fighting a huge disaster—climate change— which is rapidly triggering natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, and unprecedented temperature fluctuations due to the fast-spreading global warming. With all that is happening with the climate right now, every little activity that seems un-ecofriendly is attracting a lot of attention. This raises the question, “is artificial grass safe for the environment?”

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To answer the general question, the answer is “YES.” In fact, artificial grass is better for the environment compared to natural grass. Let’s break it down.

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Artificial grass preserves water.

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Let’s face it, natural grass needs water— and it needs a lot of it, especially during the growing period and the summer seasons. On the other hand, artificial turfs need very little water, if any at all. You only need to hose your artificial turfs down once in a while to eliminate any dirt and dust, or whenever your pets played on it and perhaps did the thing.

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Speaking of water, we all know how crucial it is to conserve water. Since artificial grass doesn’t require a lot of water, it’s a great way to help you conserve water— a very vital natural resource— without forgetting how much it will save for your water bill.

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Artificial grass protects your health, along with the environment.

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With natural grass on your backyard or lawn, you’ll require to use fertilizers, pesticides and weedkillers to keep it good shape and health away from the invasion of pests and weeds. However, we all know what the chemicals in pesticides and weed killers are harmful to your body. Moreover, those chemicals contribute a small percentage towards global warming. On the other hand, installing artificial grass on in your backyard prevents the addition of some chemicals to the local ecosystem, while protecting you, your children and pets from the effects these chemicals. 

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Artificial grass comes with meaningful pollution reduction.

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Some critics argue that artificial turfs are not natural and therefore, cannot perform the natural functions like natural grass, such as converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. Indeed, artificial grass cannot carry out any natural functions. However, it’s important to remember that maintaining a natural lawn uses excess electricity, water and fossil fuels, especially if your lawnmower uses petrol, creating additional air pollution.  Studies have revealed that one hour of petrol-powered lawn mowing emits fumes equivalent to four hours of driving. But with artificial turfs, you don’t have to go through all this. 

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Well, which one is more environment-friendly now? At this point, you’re in a good position to make the right decision that will help reduce environment pollution.