“Brushed some stripes into the artificial lawn,” they wrote above the photo.
Some commenters approved, but others noted the harm of the decision.
Artificial turf includes dangerous chemicals and other toxins, namely PFAS or forever chemicals. The health problems associated with these carcinogens — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — include neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity. Because of these and other risks, cities such as Boston have banned the use of the synthetic surface.
Other issues caused by turf are microplastic pollution, wildlife harm, and heat-related illnesses in humans. The plastic product degrades and makes its way into bodies of water, killing aquatic organisms and reaching the ocean. In addition to contributing to dehydration and heat exhaustion, superheated turf can burn skin and emit lead, volatile organic compounds, and methane, the most potent planet-warming gas.
One Redditor detailed the best alternative to turf (and even real grass), writing: “I’m actually working on a fully native yard to provide for pollinators. … Even a rock yard would be better for the environment.”
Native plants also help homeowners conserve water and lower bills, as their efficient root systems require up to 80% less water. This helps create healthier ecosystems for pollinators, birds, and other animals, which in turn benefit humans; 70% of fruits, vegetables, and nuts would be unable to reproduce or provide food without the indispensable B’s — birds, bats, bees, butterflies, and beetles.
“Ugh,” one user wrote. “Fake grass makes me sad.”
Another said, “the sooner it’s banned, the better.”
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