California Study Confirms the Safety of Artificial Turf Products Like EasyTurf

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A study released by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEAHHA) confirms similar studies out of Connecticut, Montana, New York and other states that have found artificial grass products like EasyTurf are not only safe, but cost effective for both recreational, residential and commercial landscaping uses.

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Serious bacterial infections, including MRSA and other Staphylococci, are more prevalent in natural grass and vegetation than in synthetic turf.

The recently released results of a study from California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEAHHA) confirms the safety of artificial grass products like EasyTurf, effectively debunking previous claims that the use of recycled materials contained within synthetic grass may pose health concerns.

The study’s conclusion is a welcome one for EasyTurf, the landscape arm of sports turf giant FieldTurf, as its findings state that the benefits of synthetic grass actually contains fewer bacteria than natural turf. Additional studies from the University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Public Health also deemed artificial turf products safe, with a news release from the Connecticut Health Center quoting Department of Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Gavin stating, “This study presents good news regarding the safety of outdoor artificial turf.”

Among the findings in the various studies, the oldest of which began more than 12 years ago, is the fact that serious bacterial infections, including MRSA and other Staphylococci, are more prevalent in natural grass and vegetation than in synthetic turf.

Similar studies produced by the University of California, Berkley, which delivered some of the most comprehensive findings on artificial turf safety to date, demonstrate the materials are both safe and cost-effective.

“People tend to think that products more closely derived from nature are safer and better for the environment than those that are synthetic based,” says Rachel Simon of UC Berkley, who led the study. “However, in many cases synthetic materials perform better than their ‘more natural’ counter parts across the various metrics used in evaluations.

The findings reinforce previous studies that not only deemed synthetic grass turf safe, it comes with health benefits that are unique to natural turf:

  • No fertilizers or pesticides needed for EasyTurf’s playground surface.
  • EasyTurf synthetic grass provides a hypoallergenic and inherently antimicrobial commercial playground surface.
  • Artificial playground surfaces like EasyTurf are proven to be more durable that other surfaces, including playground surfacing.
  • EasyTurf synthetic grass provides a more forgiving, cushioned landing when adults or children fall.
  • EasyTurf synthetic landscapes contribute dramatically to commercial water conservation efforts.
  • Artificial grasses like EasyTurf require no deodorizers or additives.
  • EasyTurf’s safe, antimicrobial turf has been found to be superior to rubber surface playgrounds used in municipal parks and playgrounds, as well as childcare facilities. Easyturf synthetic grass is easier to clean and disinfect when compared to natural surfaces containing grass, dirt or rocks.

“This has been shown to be the case with artificial turf, which offers several distinct advantages over grass, while using materials that are already prevalent in peoples’ lives, such as recycled tires.

EasyTurf President David Hartman says the study results prove not only the safety of EasyTurf synthetic grass, it backs up the company’s claim that its artificial lawn products are cost effective as they reduce or eliminate the need for landscape maintenance, watering and pesticides.

“EasyTurf is proud to once again receive the support of outside agencies, further strengthening our reputation and commitment to providing consumer-friendly artificial turf products to the public,” Hartman says. “Along with the proven environmental and financial benefits, EasyTurf’s innovation and technologically advanced manufacturing process deliver the safest, highest quality synthetic turf to our customers.”

EasyTurf, the industry leader in research and development, recently partnered with EnviroFill, an innovative, environmentally-friendly infill incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology. Infused into the infill, Microban fights off mold, mildew and bacteria development, dramatically decreasing the potential of any bacteria formation.

For more information, visit the EasyTurf website, call 1-866-327-9877 or Email info(at)EasyTurf(dot)com.

About EasyTurf:

In May 2010 EasyTurf, Inc. a long-time distributor of FieldTurf’s line of landscaping products and a recognized leader in the artificial grass industry, became the national brand of FieldTurf’s landscape, pets, playground, and golf artificial grass products. The partnership allowed FieldTurf to rapidly expand its existing dealer network and accelerate sales and distribution of FieldTurf’s landscape products on a national level to homeowners, municipalities, schools, businesses and the military.

North America’s preeminent source for landscaping, EasyTurf offers state-of-the-art synthetic lawns for realistic, beautiful, easy-care residential and commercial landscapes. EasyTurf’s specialty synthetic grasses are engineered specifically for military surfaces, commercial and residential athletic and playground surfaces, putting greens, and for pet-friendly landscapes.

EasyTurf’s product advancements in the synthetic grass industry have led to massive growth for the Vista, California-based leader in lifelike artificial lawns that stay beautiful year round.

FieldTurf has long been the world leader in synthetic sports field cover; now EasyTurf is poised to equal that success in the residential and commercial artificial grass landscaping markets.


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