Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Growing Turf

Marty,

Fascinating photos showing the synthetic turf. You have given me a great marketing piece to use against the completion. What you actually have there is a crew that is collecting loose fibers from a field that is disintegrating due to any number of things. The guy with the blower is cleaning out the white line and the other guys are collecting fibers in the plastic bag.
My question is – I believe I have it as Greenfield Park in Illinios, but I’d like to find out who installed it and who’s turf it is, as you reference it as being a new field. Any direction or help would be great.
We are a synthetic turf company in the Mid-Atlantic region which specializes in environmentally sound installed systems. I appreciate your help,

Thanks,


Duncan Yeager
Director of Marketing and Sales

1.866.454.TURF (8873)
410.787.1001 (Office)
410.787.7323 (Fax)
410.570.0172 (C)
www.TargaPro.com
duncan.yeager@targapro.com

Thanks Duncan
Hi Duncan,
That is relatively new turf installed last year in my old home town of Greenfield Park Quebec Canada. The blog is a place where many old friends voice their opinions and stories of days gone by. As many of us live all over North America this blogs keeps us together. I'll post your comments and maybe one of our friends that still lives there can send us some information about the turf.

Marty

Marty,

Here is the statement, I am sending it without the attachments for size issues, but I will leave the references. If you’d like them, I’d be happy to send them along as well. Thanks for your efforts.


Recently, I have been asked about the health issues related to synthetic turf by a number of officials that are fielding questions from concerned parties. As we are bidding and currently working two sites in the District of Columbia where this has become a major issue, I have prepared a statement that obviates those concerns. I am attaching the documents that you will need to address the concerns of those that are listening intently to the media, should you get the same questions. I see a constant stream of misinformation pertaining to the issue of lead in synthetic turf and the resulting health issues.


Attached is:
-Bonar Yarns – Heavy Metals Statement
-Climatic Resistance Test Results/Bonaslide
- Climatic Resistance Test Results/BonaFil
-Lisport Mechanical Abrasion Test Results for EcoGreen66 Turf
-TargaPro – EcoGreen66 – Technical Data Review
-TargaPro Organite™ - Play It Safe


Let me offer you some points that will clarify things for you a bit and give you some talking points on the subject.

The issue is not lead in the fields, only a few fields have lead in the fibers.
-The lead content issue is a result of fields that were installed many years ago by AstroTurf, made with nylon yarns.
-We use tested polyethylene fibers and yarns for our turf. The test results for lead on EcoGreen66 are - 6 MG/KG as opposed to the standard of 85 MG/KG as shown in the attached statement .
See attached – Bonner Yarns Heavy Metals Statement

A real issue is carcinogen runoff from the infill.
-Cryogenic and ambient ground rubber, and silica sand, used for infill material may result in the heat island affect, carcinogen runoff, and the gas off of harmful chemicals when used on outdoor fields.
-Indoor fields have no heat-driven issues.
-TargaPro uses an Anti-Microbial Infill (AMI) called Organite™ as a non-carcinogenic, environmentally clean alternative exceeding all G-Max and P-Max requirements.
See Attached- TargaPro – Organite™ - PLAY IT SAFE

Another real issue is bacteria-harboring infill.
-Crumb rubber and sand mixed infills can harbor harmful bacteria that leave athletes subject to infection.
-TargaPro uses an Anti-Microbial Infill (AMI) called Organite as a health agent, killing bacteria on the molecular level.
See Attached - TargaPro – Organite™ - PLAY IT SAFE

Another issue is disposal
-The backings used for synthetic turf construction will become an issue related to landfill disposal. Urethane backings are not considered recyclable.
-TargaPro’s EcoGreen 66 Synthetic Turf uses a polyolefin, 3 layer-woven backing that attributes the entire system as 100% recyclable.
See attached – TargaPro – EcoGreen66 – Technical Data Review


If I can be of any further assistance, please do call or email me anytime.


Thanks,

Duncan Yeager
Director of Marketing and Sales

1.866.454.TURF (8873)
410.787.1001 (Office)
410.787.7323 (Fax)
410.570.0172 (C)
www.TargaPro.com
duncan.yeager@targapro.com


Hi Normand,

Maybe we should have used this contractor to put the turf down in our home town....

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