ANAHEIM, Calif., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A new trend in landscaping has some people worried about the harm it can cause to the environment. Synthetic grass, a combination of synthetic fibers and backing made to look and feel like natural grass, is in fact an environmentally-friendly way to landscape. Many residents and businesses in drought-prone states are making the switch to synthetic grass after learning it requires absolutely no watering and therefore saves hundreds or thousands of dollars in increasing water bills. Synthetic Grass Warehouse, the largest distributor of synthetic grass in North America, shares three main reasons why it's environmentally-friendly.
Chemicals: Pesticide and herbicide chemicals are absorbed into water tables through runoff, polluting water supplies. When water supplies are contaminated, drinking water is polluted, habitats are destroyed and beaches are closed, according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Noxious Emissions: Lawn mowers and trimmers are typically gas powered and emit carbon monoxide into the air, similar to a car. A push lawnmower emits as much pollution in one hour as 11 cars traveling on the road, according to the EPA. This represents five percent of air pollution in the U.S. and plays a significant role in smog production.
Water: Droughts continue to plague water supplies not only in California, but across the nation, including the rapid decrease of local water supply levels, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a household's irrigation water use can be as high as 60 percent. Landscape irrigation is estimated to account for one-third of all residential water use, accumulating to almost nine billion gallons per day. For every square foot of synthetic grass, 55 gallons of water are saved in one year.
"If everyone in California stopped watering their lawns, we wouldn't be in a drought and pollution wouldn't be as severe as it is now," said Guido Vliegen, Global Group Director at TenCate. "Our society has the mindset that 'natural is better,' but when it comes to landscaping, natural grass requires too much maintenance to be eco-friendly. Synthetic grass offers the homeowner or business owner an option where they aren't required to water, fertilize, mow or trim their lawns. To me, it's the obvious answer for people who want to make the change to a green lifestyle."
Installing synthetic grass is also an economically-friendly decision. A typical switch to turf shows return on investment in approximately two and a half years, according to Synthetic Grass Warehouse.
Synthetic Grass Warehouse
Over the past 11 years, Anaheim-based Synthetic Grass Warehouse (SGW) has become the nation's largest distributor of synthetic grass products for landscapes, putting greens, playgrounds and pet applications. The company is the exclusive distributor of Everlast Turf and Tiger Turf, the highest quality and most technologically advanced synthetic grass on the market. With six distribution locations, SGW provides same-day shipping and serves as a resource center for all things synthetic grass. For more information, visit: www.syntheticgrasswarehouse.com. Follow them on Facebook Facebook.com/SyntheticGrassWarehouse, on Twitter @SGWCorp on Instagram @sgwcorp and on Pinterest SGW Corp.
SOURCE Synthetic Grass Warehouse