We learn more about the technology behind FieldTurf artificial turf and synthetic grass surfaces.
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The Technology of Official Turf Rebecca Britton: Artificial grass is being used more and more in sporting venues and can help prevent needless injuries to athletes. Hi, I’m Rebecca Braton and welcome to watch mojo.com. And today, we’ll be learning more about one of the leaders in this technology of Field Turf. So let’s start by having you tell us on what is artificial Turf? Jason Smollett: Artificial Turf or the new generation field turf basically offers all the cost benefits of the traditional synthetic surface with the playability benefits of natural grass or saving on water, pesticides, maintenance, carbon emissions and everything like that, that’s good for the environment. These services here typically last about eight to 10 years with regular usage. Obviously you can’t perform the same amount of activities on natural grass as you can with these new generation artificial surfaces. Rebecca Britton: What would you say are some complaints about traditional artificial turf? Jason Smollett: The one complaint was the injuries. I mean if you look it up on the internet, in the NFL, NCAA for city parks everywhere. People were getting injured and the surface just wasn’t made for the real needs of all these people. Rebecca Britton: How was it made? Jason Smollett: You have basically mono filament, strands of fibers that are toughed into a backing and what replicates the dirt of natural grasses are patented and fill. Basically on the bottom, you start out with the layers of sand and then up to 21 passes to a mixture of silicon sand and cryogenic rubber and then on top there’s a specially sized cryogenic rubber and that’s basically what you see on the top of the field here. Rebecca Britton: And what about water accumulation? Jason Smollett: Good drainage. Anyway it is do largely because of the base. The base material that is under the field that filters product as well has its extra drainage channels on the backing where it is not coated. So you’re looking at extremely good drainage and all we’ve had plenty of NFL teams, NCAA teams, you know which is the complete down core especially in places like Seattle then hour later they’re playing on the field and it’s completely dry. So that’s one of the main benefits of Field turf. Rebecca Britton: Now, during my research I noticed some growing health concerns about artificial Turf. Can you address some of those? Jason Smollett: If you look online, all the testing has been done. There’s been a hundreds of studies basically proving that all of the components of Field Turf are safe. They’re safe for the environment, safe for humans, safe for animals. Turf’s been around for about 50 years now and we haven’t had one reported case of anyone becoming sick because of contact with anyone of our components. Our products are a hundred percent recyclable. They are 100% lead free and can make positive contributions to the environment. That’s why you’re seeing a lot of municipalities jumped on board as well. Not only sports teams. Rebecca Britton: Thank you very much. Jason Smollett: My pleasure.