There is growing global concern over environmental pollution and the damage it causes especially in terms of global warming. Carbon dioxide emissions are largely to blame and the resultant climate change is evident all over the world. It is therefore important for us to conserve the environment and limit carbon emissions as much as possible.
Artificial grass has a growing popularity around the world and is rapidly being adopted for use in sports facilities and private homes. The reason being that it has several advantages over natural grass, the most prominent being attractiveness and durability. However, there are several environmental benefits that artificial grass has over natural grass.
Artificial Grass Benefits
Most of the environmental benefits over natural grass are reaped through the reduced maintenance requirements of artificial turf. The first is the fact that artificial grass does not require fertilizers because it is synthetic. Most fertilizers contain chemicals such as nitrates which contaminate the environment, especially water sources such as rivers.
Secondly, artificial grass does not require the use of pesticides and weed killers which contain a poisonous ingredient which actively kills the pests and weeds. The poison containing these chemicals is also harmful to humans and the environment in general.
Natural grass requires a lot of water and in arid areas it requires near daily irrigation in order to maintain its green look. Water scarcity is a growing concern and irrigation of lawns puts more pressure on the already strained natural water resource. The result is increased exploitation of underground and surface water sources which depletes the environment.
The most common technique used to trim natural grass is petrol driven lawn mowers which emit carbon dioxide in the process. A lawn mower may seem small but in proportion to size, they emit more carbon dioxide than cars. Having an artificial lawn therefore eliminates the need to own and use a lawn mower hence greatly reducing the amount of carbon emissions.
After mowing the lawn, the grass that has been trimmed off is sometimes disposed of by burning which produces a lot of smoke. This smoke is rich in carbon dioxide which pollutes the air contributing to global warming. This constant burning is not an issue with artificial grass which does not need any trimming at all.
Grass clippings are also a concern because some of them find their way into drainage systems resulting in blockages. If they don’t cause blockages then they eventually find their way into rivers resulting in contamination and pollution of water. All the chemicals, pesticides and weed killers that had been applied to the grass end up in the water.
It is a fact that the manufacture and maintenance of artificial grass results in environmental pollution. The amounts produced are however far much less than those produced during the growing and maintenance of natural grass. Artificial grass is also recyclable and so after serving its purpose it can be removed and manufactured into something else.
Artificial grass is therefore more environmentally friendly and should be used in place of natural grass where possible