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There are a lot of disputes that take place within the green world that put to question the effect that grass has upon the environment. After all, the question remains – is artificial grass good for our planet? Here at Great Grass we are here to tell you everything you need to know about being green when it comes to your artificial turf…
Mother Nature’s Battle with Technology
In order to create real grass, mother nature requires a handful of elements including carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and a couple of micronutrients. The question is – how real is this grass? Unfortunately, we bring you bad news since some of the ‘real’ grass you see on the lawn of proud homeowners was actually grown elsewhere thanks to importation. With this said, technology took this principle with artificial turf and scientists used the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen in order to form a synthetic polymer called nylon.
It is not only the product itself that has to be put into question; our industrialisation in the UK has quite a big impact on our environment too. At first glance, mother nature only requires three things to make grass; sun, rain and dirt. Of course, you also have to take into consideration the fertilizers and pesticides that are used as well as the fact that most lawns are significantly over watered. Subsequently, both of these aspects coupled together have the potential to cause some damage to our environment. But the grass isn’t greener with artificial turf either. Since the synthetics must be created in a lab and then sent off to a warehouse to be turned into a turf, it could be argued that this process is very bad for our environment since chemical manufacturing often comes with large amount of waste.
At the end of its lifespan a real turf will generally decompose and begin a new cycle of grow however most artificial turfs end up in a landfill. Before you get out your pitchforks however it is important to recognise that the 21st century has welcomed a new and improved recyclable turf that can potentially change to way we view it completely. Plus, you must remember that real grass can only decompose with help from a lawnmower and artificial turf cuts out the middle man thanks to its low maintenance guarantee.
Where do you stand on the artificial grass environmental debate? Let us know! Here at Great Grass we try to be as transparent as we can with our consumer base in order to ensure that you can make an informed decision. Perhaps artificial grass triumphs the fertilizers and pesticides put on a real turf or maybe you don’t like to sound of landfilling an old turf; whatever your stance we advise that you speak to a member of Great Grass team today so that we can help you make that all-important decision once and for all!