Hartford, CT- In November of 2015 Senators Richard Blumenthal for Connecticut and Bill Nelson for Florida requested that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conduct an investigation on the safety of the crumb rubber infill typically used in athletic fields. In January of 2016, the city of Hartford included article 6.3.3 B in their zoning regulations stating that the use of artificial turf containing synthetic infill materials shall be prohibited. Safety concerns continued to escalate, prompting the same two senators to write a letter to then President Obama asking for the funding to commence a comprehensive, interagency federal study on the potential health risks of playing on artificial turf fields with crumb rubber. The funding was granted and the study involves cooperation between the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The results of the federal study have yet to be published and thus far no public policy or health risk warning has been declared.
Fast forward to now where Hartford’s own Weaver High School is installing a new sports field. Natural grass was considered for the new athletic field, but the school district knew it would be difficult to maintain given the state pesticide regulations. Artificial turf is the practical choice allowing year round use, but what infill would alleviate the concerns of parents and community and Senators? The clear choice was Greenplay’s plant-based, organic Corkonut® infill. Guaranteed to take the artificial turf to another level with grass-like performance, low abrasion, low field temperatures and minimal fly-out while promoting safety and an environmental stewardship with a 100% natural and recyclable product.
The new state of the art turf field will be based on Sprinturf’s Ultrablade Dual Fiber Extreme turf with an industry exclusive fiber blend of 120-micron slit film and 330-micron monofilament fibers. Combining the turf with Greenplay® organic Corkonut infill provides the best possible scenario to alleviate any health or safety concerns in the community.
Hartford HS will be following the successes of other schools in Connecticut, like Brunswick School and Convent of the Sacred Heart, both in Greenwich. Back in 2015 Brunswick School’s Cosby Field was replaced utilizing organic infill instead of crumb rubber at the insistence of many concerned parents. Following up recently with Brunswick School Headmaster, Thomas Philip, he states that three years on the infill is “Still holding-up wonderfully and playing great!” After admiring the success of the natural infill at the nearby Brunswick School field, Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich was ready for their new turf fields last year. The use of Greenplay Corkonut infill was mandated from the get-go for the inherent performance and cooler turf temperatures witnessed first-hand.
Greenplay® puts the nature back into turf for ultimate performance, safety and environmental responsibility. It is the perfect turf infill for all sports applications, recreational areas, playgrounds, landscapes and compatible for use with any turf that requires infill. It is successfully utilized nationally in over fifty fields with diverse regions and climates.
Greenplay products are non-proprietary and available to the entire turf industry as well as the public.About Greenplay Organics
Founded by Domenic Carapella, Greenplay Organics is a US based company that developed Corkonut ® as a second generation organic infill from ten plus years of experience of working exclusively with organics. No company in North America has the depth of knowledge or passion for this type of product. Corkonut is tested against the best and is proven to be the most durable organic infill product available. With quality control as its top mandate, Greenplay Organics specifically sources materials from pesticide free crops and blends by utilizing proprietary natural processing methods. Quality, performance and durability are vertically integrated starting with the control of the raw materials through processing and direct distribution.
For more information, visit www.greenplayusa.com or contact the office by phone at 516-223-0202.
Mendota, CA- Greenplay Organics LLC, the manufacturer and distributor of Greenplay® Gen 2 Corkonut® organic infill, the proven natural artificial turf filler comprised of a unique blend of specially sourced coconut fibers and cork, is proud to be part of the state of the art Astroturf sports turf system recently installed at the Mendota High School field, home of the “Aztecs.
Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley in Fresno County, Mendota is an agricultural community with a strong heritage and community pride with generations of hard-working people striving to make a better life for their children. For Coach Robert Mejia, the Mendota High School athletic program is an opportunity to highlight the importance of education through sports as a path to college. Coach Mejia uses his time on the field to emphasize perseverance, patience, respect, fairness, integrity, hard work and dedication to each other. The Aztecs, known far and wide for their accomplishments, were featured in a one hour ESPN documentary in early 2014 in addition to an ABC News 20/20 piece that aired later that summer featuring the lives and stories of the student-athletes, the success of the regional championship football team and the fact that each player maintained greater than a 3.0 grade point average.
This past summer, the Mendota Unified School District has dedicated its precious resources for a new field for their champions. They relied on their coaches to determine the best options for the best all-around turf field that will serve the Aztecs into the next decade and with summer temperatures reaching well past 100 degrees, there was only one turf infill option they considered for the safety of their students.
Coach Mejia had experience with visiting many turf fields in his career and was determined to utilize Greenplay® organic infill in his new field. He called upon an expert in turf performance and safety utilizing organic infill; Dominick Berarducci, Regional Sales Manager at Astroturf. Dominick designed the ultimate turf system to replicate a pristine natural grass field for the Aztec’s by utilizing Greenplay® Corkonut® organic infill in his Astroturf Rhinoblend synthetic turf installed over a Brock shock pad.
Coach Mejia states “The field is amazing, and the families around here really appreciate the organic infill as we are surrounded by acres of almond groves. There is no odor, it’s not abrasive and there is no fly-out like rubber infill.” He adds “But what’s most important for the players is the temperature of the field on hot days, especially when they are in full gear. The Greenplay infill holds moisture, it’s more in line with real grass and it’s amazing how much cooler it is than any other turf field we have played on this summer. I would highly recommend Greenplay infill to every school.”
The new Mendota High School field and testimonials can be viewed at www.greenplayusa.com
Greenplay® puts the nature back into the turf for ultimate performance, safety, and environmental responsibility. It is the perfect infill for all sports applications, recreational areas, playgrounds, and landscapes.
Greenplay Organics, LLC is a US based company that manufactures and distributes Greenplay® Corkonut® with player safety as its top mandate. Every order starts with materials sourced exclusively from pesticide-free crops and blended in-house by utilizing proprietary natural processing methods so that quality, performance, and durability are vertically integrated from the production facility to the turf. Greenplay Organics also provides the highest quality pure granular cork proven in FIFA 2 Star certified professional fields. Contact www.greenplayusa.com or call (516) 223-0202.
Merrick, NY – Greenplay Organics, LLC, the nation’s premier manufacturer of organic turf infill for athletic fields, playgrounds, and more, is happy to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website at www.greenplayusa.com. Greenplay Organics upgraded its website to the WordPress Content Management System to create a clean and simply designed site with user experience in mind. Visitors to the site will be able to learn more about all of Greenplay Organics’ products and projects, access videos and other content, review studies on the benefits of its turf infill blend, and more.
“We wanted a website that would speak to what our brand is and how our artificial turf infill options stand up to the competition. Parents, athletic directors, school administrators, and more come to our website wanting to learn more about alternatives to the standard turf infill options. We know that anyone who visits our website will leave knowing more about what we do and why our turf infill is simply the safest out there,” said Domenic Carapella, founder of Greenplay Organics.
Since 2006, Greenplay Organics has led the way in creating safe and environmentally-friendly turf infill for synthetic turf systems in athletic fields, parks, and resorts across the country. Its artificial turf infill can even be found at the White House. Domenic Carapella pioneered what would become Greenplay® infill over a decade ago, and the company has grown exponentially since then. Greenplay® features a unique blend of specially sourced coconut fibers and cork that keeps surface temperatures low and reduces the risk of injury.
The new website reflects this growth and provides users with extensive information about how Greenplay® works and why it is the ultimate artificial grass infill. In addition to that, by adding user-friendly features, like improved responsiveness and navigation, the redesign creates a pleasant overall user experience.
Greenplay® puts the nature back into turf for ultimate performance, safety and environmental responsibility. It is the perfect infill for all sports applications, recreational areas, playgrounds and landscapes.
Please be aware that not all organic infills are the same. Greenplay® stands alone, so be sure to specify correctly.
Greenplay Organics, LLC is a US based company that manufactures and distributes Greenplay® Corkonut® with player safety as its top mandate. Every order starts with materials sourced exclusively from pesticide free crops and blended in-house by utilizing proprietary natural processing methods so that quality, performance and durability are vertically integrated from the production facility to the turf. Greenplay Organics also provides the highest quality pure granular cork proven in FIFA 2 Star certified professional fields. Contact www.greenplayusa.com or call (516) 223-0202.
Greenplay Organics is proud to announce the new 10 acre Greenplay® organic infill artificial turf sports field complex at Greenwood Park in Virginia, scheduled for completion in February and featuring four full size fields designed to blend with the beauty of the natural environment, positioned at the center of the pristine 88 acre park.
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