September 27, 2021

Plastic Fields: Plastic Pollution Disguised as Natural Turf

By the end of 2018 at least 100 million pounds of plastic and tire waste entered air water and landfills from disposal of synthetic turf fields – also known as plastic turf. An equivalent amount of petroleum-based plastic will be used to create new fields. Children face unique risks from toxins, heat, hardness and abrasions playing on plastic fields or playgrounds made from tires.

In this week’s Plastic PSA, we hear a lecture from synthetic turf organizer Kathy Michels. Kathy has a Ph.D. in neurobiology and more than 30 years of experience conducting, managing, and reviewing biomedical research related to global public health.

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Photo: Dennis Andersen / The Atlantic

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