Fact Sheet: K9Grass is Safe for Pets and the Environment
Our goal at ForeverLawn is creating environments that improve the health and welfare of people and their pets. We take safety very seriously and we are proud to be a leader in the industry by offering a cleaner safer environment in K9Grass with its antimicrobial protection.
We are often asked about the safety of K9Grass and its components, and we are pleased to offer the following data to support our safety claims. Below is a list of questions that we have received:
1. Is K9Grass new and untested, or has it been around for a while?
K9Grass was introduced in 2005, and from 2005 through 2011 more than 1.4 million square feet of K9Grass has been installed throughout the country in pet facilities, dog parks, and homes, including Nestle-Purina, Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World, LA Dogworks, The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa, and the Curtis-Hixon Dog Park in Tampa, Florida, to name a few. The early success of K9Grass was accompanied by a great deal of excitement and media attention, including this article in USA Today, which appeared in April, 2007. One of the first large-scale K9Grass projects was the Saratoga Creek Dog Park, a 14,000-square-foot dog park in San Jose, California, that is still enjoyed today by local pets and their families. For more examples of K9Grass in the press, visit our News Page.
2. Do dogs like the grass? Is it difficult to train dogs to use K9Grass?
Dogs love it! When introduced to K9Grass, it is common for dogs to roll, run, and play on it. The City of Tampa released this video showing a playful pooch taking advantage of the new Curtis-Hixon Waterfront Dog Park that was part of Tampa's redeveopment project (see another video here). K9Grass offers a cushioned surface that is great for dogs' paws and joints, and a textured blade structure that dogs love to roll over and rub their backs on. When it's time for dogs to do their "business," they readily use K9Grass as a pet potty. The superior drainage present in K9Grass allows for quick and effective rinsing of liquid waste, and the short, textured surface of K9Grass makes solid waste easy to identify and remove quickly. This prompt removal of waste helps keep odors under control.
3. Should I be concerned about lead in the surface?
Absolutely not. In April 2008, concerns about lead in synthetic turf arose when elevated levels were found in several New Jersey synthetic turf fields. At the time, the lead chromate that was used to promote colorfastness in synthetic turf was encapsulated to prevent it from being readily absorbed by the body or released into the environment. The issue was resolved, and the safety of synthetic turf was validated on July 30, 2008 when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff released the results of its study of lead in synthetic turf, and concluded that “young children are not at risk from exposure to lead in these fields.” Here is their full statement. In over 40 years there has never been an instance of human illness or environmental damage caused by synthetic turf. Today, synthetic turf is made without lead as a pigment ingredient. This change in the pigment formulations was a voluntary and responsible response by the synthetic turf industry to the CPSC's request of all industries that lead be removed from all products, if possible.
ForeverLawn has compliled an extensive library of safety data and references to support safety claims.
4. Is the antimicrobial agent in the grass a danger to the environment or the park users?
No. In fact, the antimicrobial agent in K9Grass is provided to increase the cleanliness and safety of the pet environment, and poses no threat to the environment, pets, or people who use the park. AlphaSan® antimicrobial technology from Milliken Chemical is manufactured into the grass blades in K9Grass, and is not toxic, flammable, explosive, or corrosive. See the full statement from Milliken here. AlphaSan® is used in a wide range of products including hospital apparel, bedding, and wound care, food storage containers, kitchen counters, cutting boards, and more.
5. Does K9Grass get hot?
In hot weather, the temperature of K9Grass will be slightly cooler than the surface temperature of concrete or asphalt.
6. Where has K9Grass been used? Do you have references?
To see several examples of dog parks and pet facilities that utilize K9Grass, visit our featured projects section of the website. The City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department recently issued a statement detailing their decision to install K9Grass at the Schuylkill River Park Dog Run, which can be viewed here. We are happy to provide our current reference list, here. For further information, please contact us.
ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and Golf Greens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. www.foreverlawn.com.
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