It was once considered that no sporting venue in the world could be completely natural, and as things stand now, artificial grass is playing a vital role in several areas across the country. However, with the increase of foot traffic into these sporting venues, there is an increase in the amount of maintenance required and the cost involved. Furthermore, the need for long-lasting artificial turf in Gold Coast has created a stir amongst locals and non-desirable effects on the environment.
A report prepared by a university student studying the impact of artificial turf on the local environment states that the turf area has seen a steady increase in invasive species and insects. These invasions have reduced the vibrancy of the local environment, and, in some instances, the invasions have become so overwhelming that the turf itself has been destroyed. It is bad for the company’s investment installing synthetic turf and the pristine beaches and surrounding natural habitat that was once lush with life.
A recent study conducted by the Surfers Paradise branch of the University of Queensland has also studied the impact of artificial grass Gold Coast. The research was undertaken following the closure of a swimming pool complex, which had been built adjacent to the artificial turf. This study’s conclusion showed that despite the introduction of synthetic turf, there was a marked decrease in both algae growth and bacterial growth. Surprisingly, the study also demonstrates that despite the artificial grass being manufactured from environmentally friendly materials, the water pH within the pool water remained largely acidic. It has been attributed to the high usage of salt in creating artificial turf and the fact that it is warmer indoors than outdoors.
In creating an artificial turf Gold Coast that is both sustainable and healthy to use, the correct products and ingredients must be used. Most artificial grass solutions produced in Australia are made using the mineral saltpetre as its main ingredient.
Other ingredients found in artificial turf products include fertilizer, surfactant, UV curing agents and emulsifiers. These chemicals can prove to be detrimental to the environment if not used correctly. Although many of these additives are required to create a natural-looking finish, some can also produce detrimental effects. For example, surfactants are required to keep the particles of foam together, and while they do help to reduce the amount of water absorption, they also remove oils from the surface of the turf, which can encourage the growth of bacteria and fungi.