Solutions for the Environment

Artificial grass has undoubtedly made a splash in discussions surrounding water conservation and the environmental impacts of textile manufacturing and recycling. As a result of applied sciences in material production and improvements in manufacturing technology, turf has successfully established itself as a viable alternative to natural sod.


Artificial grass provides a solution for all – including those seeking alternatives to natural sod that also positively impact the environment. For example, EcoCell is a primary component in Purchase Green artificial grass backing systems and derives from a natural vegetable oil pressed from castor beans – an ingredient commonly found in food preservatives, medicine, skincare, and hair care. Making up 25% of the product’s secondary coating solution, EcoCell is a sustainable, bio-based additive that allows us to replace a percentage of nonrenewable petroleum-based oils that would be used otherwise, answering to the environmental impacts of manufacturing by substituting a nonrenewable resource with a sustainable one – earning product certifications such as LEED.


A popular misnomer is the mislabeling of turf being non-recyclable when artificial grass can in fact be fragmented and the materials recycled. Services and tools are available to those wanting to break down their turf, as well as many artificial grasses having been specifically constructed for the ease of recyclability.

Water Conservation

Synthetic turf has a measurable, positive impact on the environment. According to the STC, “A typical grass sports field requires between 500,000 to a million gallons of water or more each year” – depending on the region of the country – in addition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reporting that the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day. That is a lot of precious resource. This is well worth taking into consideration when states on the West Coast continue to suffer from droughts and water shortage. Combine this with the elimination of need for harmful chemicals and it is easy to see why families and businesses choose synthetic turf. 


Many homeowners elect to transition from natural sod to a xeriscape design instead, but often find themselves unsatisfied with desert-scapes and are left wanting more green. In lieu of – or even in addition to rocks and sparsely arranged drought-tolerant plants, artificial grass lends greater flexibility in landscape design while still minimizing the need for water. Add color to your curb, whether you’re filling negative space between pavers or covering a sloping hillside, turf’s got you covered.