The Major Environmental Benefits of Artificial Turf
There are many environmental benefits of artificial turf. We all know that it reduces the cost of home landscape maintenance, but did you know that it also benefits our environment? Let’s examine a few of the reasons:
Even though the drought has been drastically reduced, we should still keep conservation on our mind. Based on recently EPA water usage statistics, most American families use around 320 gallons of water per day. Approximately 30 percent of that amount is allocated for outdoor use. Most of this is used to water lawns and other gardening applications. At a national level, irrigation for residential landscapes is almost one-third of total water use, which totals to almost 9 billion gallons per day.
Switching to synthetic grass almost entirely eliminates your home irrigation bill. You many have to sometimes use your hose to clean pet waste from the turf, but that’s about it. In fact, in 2013 alone, artificial grass lawns have saved more than 2.5 billion gallons of water worldwide.
Decreasing CO2 emissions
Some people genuinely like the act of mowing the lawn. It’s excellent for your physical health, but there are some problems with it. One is that it takes a long time, and other is that the gas emissions from a lawn mower can contribute to global CO2 levels. As of January 2017, there are 406 ppm (parts per million) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This is approximately 0.04 percent of our atmosphere, which is not ideal for the residents of our planet.
With the ever fluctuating cost of gasoline and other fossil fuels, investing in artificial turf makes the most financial sense. While mowing your lawn may just seem routine, the carbon dioxide emissions can cause more pollution than you might imagine. With artificial turf, these problems simply vanish. Because artificial turf requires no mowing whatsoever, you are helping reduce pollution. The only real maintenance on artificial turf is occasionally having to brush away debris. Think of all the time you’ll save!
Less chemical runoff and contamination
Around 60 percent of fertilizer and other lawn chemicals are wasted, and ultimately contributes to chemical runoff. As many of us know, chemical runoff can have devastating environmental consequences. Many of these chemicals are highly toxic to animals and insects, and have the potential to decimate local ecosystems. They are also very dangerous to humans, particularly when consuming contaminated water. Health problems such as birth defects and allergies are just a few of the effects of contaminated water exposure. With artificial turf, using maintenance chemicals like pesticides is absolutely unnecessary. In fact, in 2012, artificial turf installations have prevented the use of 1 billions gallons of pesticides and fertilizers!
There are many more environmental benefits of artificial turf. At Easy Turf, we have been helping our customers switch from natural grass to artificial turf for years. Call us today!