I WANT TO LEARN ABOUT SYNTHETIC TURF, BUT WHERE DO I START?
Help with action in MD NOW: you may want to use or share the Sierra Club action alert at Protect Kids and the Environment.
If your organization wants to join with SHPFC and the Sierra Club MD in a letter to leaders, email email@example.com.
By the end of 2018 at least 100 million pounds of plastic and tire waste will have entered air water and landfills from disposal of synthetic turf fields. An equivalent amount of petroleum-based plastic will be used to create new fields. Children face unique risks from toxins, heat, hardness and abrasions playing on plastic fields (with any kind of infill) or playgrounds made from tires. Injury is one major risk - read United States women's soccer team Sydney Leroux account Why Turf is Terrible for Soccer Players.
ATHLETE OR COACH?
- Synthetic Turf Injuries
- Player Preference
- Toxicity / Carcinogens
- Heat Levels
- Make Your Voice Heard
- Cost: Grass Vs. Artificial Turf
DO YOU Want to Contribute? Volunteer? Send information & resources?
LEARN ABOUT GRASS & OTHER NATURAL SURFACES
- Costs: Grass Fields
- Maintenance: Grass Fields
- Questions to Ask
- Health Benefits of Natural Turf
LEARN ABOUT ARTIFICIAL TURF & WASTE TIRE PLAY SURFACES
- Costs: Synthetic Turf
- Maintenance: Synthetic Turf
- Questions to Ask Installers & Facility Managers
- Heat Levels
- Warning Signs
- Industry Misinformation
- Environmental Hazards
- The Problems With Alternative Infills
COMPARE: GRASS VS. SYNTHETIC TURF
- Costs: Grass Vs. Synthetic Turf
- Maintenance: Grass vs. Synthetic Turf
- Toxicity to People, Kids & Environment
- Injuries/Player Preference
NEWs & FACT SHEETS
TAKE ACTION! / ADVOCACY GUIDE
The precautionary principle:
"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. The process of applying the precautionary principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action."
- Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle, January 1998.