How safe is the artificial turf on your children's fields?

These videos help you understand the concerns documented throughout this web site.


"Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environment Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health and Editor-in-Chief of Human Genomics on why crumb rubber is an unwise and unhealthy decision for North Haven public schools."

TEDx - Astroturf and manipulation of media messages (11 MIN)

In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages. 

NBC: How Safe is The Artificial Turf On Your CHILD'S SPORTS FIELD? (6 min)

Oct 8, 2014: Investigative report by NBC News' Hannah Rappleye, Stephanie Gosk and Brian Williams looking into how safe synthetic turf is on children's playing surfaces. The EPA says their limited studies show more research is needed, but is leaving that up to state and local decision makers. Until the research is done, do you support continued use of this unregulated, untested children's product? Watch the NBC News Oct 9, 2014 follow up report here

Take a moment to share your experiences on artificial turf surfaces with NBC via their webpage or email your story directly to NBC

Dear US-CPSC: Synthetic Turf is a Children's Product (3 min)

This montage shows how companies selling synthetic turf products actively market their products to children and the adults responsible for those children.

What is striking is the lack of response from the CPSC to these revelations discovered by a simple internet search. Sure looks like the products are marketed to and used by children. The evidence exists:  

Why is a federal agency unable to come to the same conclusion in the face of such compelling evidence?   

Take ten to understand the concerns (10 min)

This ten minute video montage summarizes the basic concerns of using synthetic turf, particularly with shredded waste tire infill.

Jennifer Beals Leads #StrollerBrigade for Safer Chemicals & Safer Playing Fields (4 min)

Take four minutes to be inspired to understand:  

• You are not alone in feeling like you need a PhD in toxicology to be a competent parent
• What is good for a tire is not good for a child.
• Dow, DuPont, Exxon Mobil – we know you have the talent pool to do better.
• [Toxic chemicals] certainly have gone untested in the aggregate.
• No one’s profit margin can justify harm brought to our children and to future generations.

Children, Synthetic Turf, and San Francisco Public Health (15 min)

Leading pediatric health experts discuss children and artificial turf.  Includes the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, SF Rec & Parks Commission, City Fields Foundation, synthetic turf lobbyists, SF Planning Dept., SF Planning Commission.

The TRUTH About Synthetic Sports Turf (3 min)

• Virulent bacterial infection, including MRSA staph
• Ingestion and inhalation
• Extreme temperatures
• Waste tire infill contains 5 known carcinogens & lead in unregulated & unquantifiable amounts according to U Conn Health Center

A Question of Ingestion - Synthetic Artificial Turf in San Francisco, CA (2 Min)

Montgomery Week in Review (5 Min)