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Is artificial grass environmentally friendly?

Posted on: 22nd June, 2020

Sustainability, recyclability and environmentally friendly are all hot topics in the current climate. As a provider of a product that transforms landscapes and wellness areas i.e. artificial grass, we wanted to address some of the questions that customers ask us about the impact of artificial grass.

What is artificial grass made of?

Our artificial grass blades are made of monofilament fixed into a polypropylene backing, which holds the strands together. Monofilament grass fibres are very fine, and all our grasses have a high density, achieving the look and structure similar to that of a natural lawn. The monofilament fibres are what ensures a longer, durable, and strong product.

Polypropylene as a material boasts the following features: it does not react with water, detergents, or acids, so it will not break down easily. This is extremely important for artificial grass which needs to survive all elements of the weather along with being able to withstand pet excretions and regular wash-down/cleaning regimes.

It is impervious to cracking or stress, even when flexed which is what makes it such a great backing to lay the turf down and to then settle. It also has a high melting point, so high in fact that it is a material used for microwave containers, so you do not need to worry about sun damage.

In terms of recyclability in the UK, Polypropylene PP – the material part of our artificial grass backing is made of – has a green recyclability factor of 5. This means it is easy to recycle and in its next life goes on to make clothing, speed humps and food containers.

Interesting fact, in the US polypropylene, is made up from 95% of car batteries being recycled. Batteries are famous for being difficult to recycle yet 95% of their recyclability created polypropylene…how about that!

So, can polypropylene be recycled? The answer is yes! Like other thermoplastics, polypropylene can be melted and refined into plastic pellets that can then be used to make new products.

In fact, monofilament can also go through the same recyclability process. Due to new technologies, once the plastics are separated out from the artificial turf product, they go through a process of being cut, melted, and then turned into pellets; known as re-pelletizing. Some recycled artificial grass products are even turned into carpet!

Either way, the recycled artificial grass materials can be converted into raw materials which are then used to create new products. As our artificial grass products have a lifespan of 12-15 years, and sustainable technology progresses with each passing day, we are happy with the materials used and sourced in our artificial grasses.

Does artificial grass help the environment?

Yes, it does! And not in the most obvious ways that you might expect. On average, over 170 litres of water are wasted every 10 minutes by homeowners in the UK each year from watering their lawns, which is a requirement of having a natural lawn.

Furthermore, having a fake lawn means you don’t need to use any toxic or acidic chemicals for pest and weed control such as weed killer or pesticide. Which can be damaging to the environment, atmosphere, wildlife, and pets.

Being experts in the field of artificial grass and installation of artificial grass, we recommend two membranes being laid down before the artificial grass during the installation process to ensure that weeds to do not creep up through the artificial lawn over time. By creating a lack of soil to maintain, and the use of synthetics so that carbon dioxide is not converted into oxygen within the atmosphere, means that the artificial grass is no longer a habitat for pests and insects.

Soil insects and creatures such as worms do not thrive under artificial grass, so artificial turf will not be attractive to birds and other wildlife. So, you can remove the risk of using chemicals to keep these creatures at bay whilst ensuring no harm comes to the wildlife.

Artificial grass is only very similar to decking and patio installations, and most coverage is not that significant either!

Environmentally friendly artificial grass maintenance

For those of you still using petrol-powered motors, or have gardeners that do it for you, here is a fact for you to consider. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that the use of a petrol/gas-powered lawnmower produces 11 times as much pollution than a new car!

One petrol-powered lawn mower can produce as much air pollution as 43 new cars driven 12,000 miles per year, meaning that lawn care and subsequent machinery to maintain lawns and gardens plus other outdoor areas, produce as much as 13 billion toxic pollutants per year.

So not only does having an artificial lawn remove this environmental pollution hazard, but it also means you do not need to mow the lawn…full…stop! It is feet up time, enjoy the sun and stunning greenery of your artificial lawn all year round!

We have a wide range of artificial grass products and accessories that are suitable for a wide range of applications such as home and gardens, to playgrounds, commercial offices, and crazy golf. We offer free artificial grass sample packs and will liaise with you on your requirements every step of the way. Our range of approved artificial grass installers throughout the UK means we can advise you on self-installation or get one of our agents to do it for you.

Here are some of our recent installations to help you with your design inspiration.

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