Artificial grass is now invading the lawns of many homeowners. Some homeowners are now replacing their real grass to an artificial grass. Artificial grass offers a more convenient option for lawns. But still, many homeowners who happen to be environmentalists do question the artificial grass about its effect on the environment.
Is artificial grass really eco-friendly?
1. Water usage
Alright, let’s talk about the water usage of artificial grass. Naturally, artificial grass doesn’t need an excessive amount of watering since it’s made of fibres. Natural grass can consume a large amount of water especially in summer to prevent itself from drying out. Watering your artificial grass means a different thing though, you only need to water your artificial grass to splash off the dirt. But there are some concerns that artificial grass can consume plenty of water too in summer season to cool down the fibres.
2. Recycling is not an option
People who are anti-artificial grass raise some concerns about it not being recyclable. Since all artificial grass is manufactured differently, one can’t argue that “all” artificial grass is not recyclable. Actually, high end artificial grass can last up to 25 years. The tuft of the artificial grass can also be melted down to create a new product.
3. Reduces carbon emissions
Artificial grass can in some cases reduce your carbon footprint since you won’t need to use mowers etc. These tools adds to the carbon dioxide in the air because in order for them to function, you’ll need to use some fuel.
4. Artificial grass is not toxic
To keep your natural grass free from any pests, and healthy, you’ll need pesticides, fertilisers and other chemical products to maintain the beauty of your grass. Artificial grass does not require any use of chemical treatments.
Although artificial grass does not use mowers, fertilisers, and other chemicals, it’s not safe to say that artificial grass is a total eco-friendly choice. During the manufacture of such, carbon emissions can be very high. Aside from this, artificial grass doesn’t absorb rainwater unlike natural grass so it does not nourishes the soil.
There are many things that artificial grass can offer including some of its characteristics that are undeniably eco-friendly. With technology constantly evolving, manufacturers have the opportunity to develop more eco-friendly options for consumers.