And how safe is Royal Grass® artificial grass?
“Artificial lawns may be dangerous to health.” Just one of the media headlines at the moment. The reason for this? A broadcast of ZEMBLA, a journalistic program on the Dutch TV. In this program, researchers argue that playing soccer on fields made with artificial grass that has been spread with rubber granules might pose a threat to your health.
Is that also the case with artificial lawns?
The discussion started by the scientists actually concerns the rubber granules on the soccer fields rather than artificial grass itself. The researchers state that the granules, made from recycled tires, often contain unsafe concentrations of sink, oil and toxic substances.
And Royal Grass® artificial grass?
Let us reassure you: our artificial grass is 100% safe. Our grass is never spread with rubber granules. Sometimes, our artificial grass needs to be weighted, but it is always our recommendation to spread the grass with sand.
How safe is artificial grass itself?
Since the 1970s, artificial grass is being used for field sports such as tennis and hockey, where the courts are weighted with sand and sprayed with water. Since the beginning of this century, more and more soccer clubs have transitioned to artificial grass, partly or completely. That artificial grass (and also our artificial grass) is made with the same plastic materials as those used by the food industry as packaging materials. Those materials are safe for daily use.
Since the foundation of our company in 2003, the quality and safety of our products are our priority. For example, already in 2005, we have had our products tested in accordance with the NEN EN71-3 standard; the same standard used for plastic toys. Compliance with this standard means no harmful substances are being released when a child chews or plays on our artificial grass.
What will happen next?
The broadcast of ZEMBLA on the Dutch national TV will rekindle the public debate on the use of artificial grass, or rather the use of rubber granules. This has happened before in the US and the UK. Meanwhile, the KNVB (Dutch soccer federation) has agreed to examine the findings of the researchers critically and does not rule out further investigation.
But once again: if you have Royal Grass® artificial grass at home, there is absolutely no need for you to worry. However, if you have any questions, simply contact us or your dealer. He will be happy to help.