Heavenly Greens and many other companies use crumb rubber in their artificial turf and of course, claim it’s safe. From the company’s website:
Heavenly Greens utilizes a combination of silica sand and crumb rubber infill for our installations because this method provides a comfortable feel underfoot and is the most effective means known to keep the synthetic blades upright. In many ways, it functions as a synthetic dirt.
Other turf companies claim rubber infill is toxic or hazardous. This is a falsehood. Test after test has verified that rubber infill is completely safe and harmless.
Monsanto, creators of Roundup and Agent Orange and DDT and saccharin, also invented artificial turf, which was first named “ChemGrass.” They also claimed that Roundup and Agent Orange and DDT and saccharin were safe. Monsanto is now demanding a retraction from the World Health Organization, which announced several days ago that glyphosate (Roundup) is a probable carcinogen.
I’m saying all this because I think it’s really important that people stop listening to Industry and open their eyes to the possibility that the wool is being pulled over their eyes about artificial turf as well. Please read all the 3rd party independent studies and make your decisions based on fact, not marketing hype. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/how-safe-artificial-turf-your-child-plays-n220166