There are serious concerns about the environmental and health impacts from plastic artificial fields.
- Because artificial turf fields absorb heat, temperatures can range from 40-70 degrees hotter than natural grass.
- Children are less able to regulate body temperature, raising their risk of dehydration and heat stroke.
- Studies show players are more likely to sustain foot and ankle injuries while playing on plastic grass compared to natural grass.
- The NFL Players Association has been very vocal the past few years advocating for natural grass fields because of the injury rates on players.
- ALL artificial turf contains PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFAS are known as forever chemicals because they don’t break down in the environment or in our bodies.
- Infill is typically crumb rubber (ground up automotive tires), TPE, or alternative infills that contain synthetic chemicals.
- In 2021, the EPA established the EPA Council of PFAS to “protect public health and the environment from the impacts of PFAS.”