Statement from the Synthetic Turf Council on CRI in Netherlands
“Recent news articles coming out of the Netherlands call for a ban on participating in sports on synthetic turf fields. The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) respectfully disagrees with this ban. The STC is committed to safety and transparency, and welcomes all scientific-based testing of recycled rubber infill. The STC encourages all to examine the significant body of research already in existence, including more than 90 scientific studies clearly showing no linkage between recycled rubber and any human health issues. An estimated 500 million square meters of synthetic turf has been installed since 2007 and recycled rubber is by far the largest performance infill (over 95%) utilised for sports fields. Millions of children around the world play on these surfaces and there have been zero scientific reports linking recycled rubber infill to cancer. Recycled rubber infill provides numerous benefits, including shock absorption, traction, foot stability, increasing turf longevity and diverting tens of millions of tyres from landfills. The STC also notes that the recycled rubber that appears as infill in these fields is the same product that is used throughout the economy in many other applications, including sneakers, garden hoses and hospital floors.