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Artificial Turf Recycling – Carpet Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.)

Many people ask if artificial turf and synthetic grass can be recycled – and yes, it can and it is, today. The surface fibers are often cut away from the material’s backing and recycled into new low density fiber yarns. The backings, because most recycled…


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Artificial Turf Yarn Fibers – What is Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP) and Polyurethane (PU)?

Other plastics emerged in the prewar period, launching off the success of nylon, though some would not come into widespread use until after the war. Another important plastic, polyethylene (PE), sometimes known as polythene, was discovered in 1933 by Reginald Gibson and Eric Fawcett at…


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Artificial Turf Yarn Fibers – What is Nylon (PA)?

The real star of the plastics industry in the 1930s was “polyamide” (PA), far better known by its trade name nylon. Nylon was the first purely synthetic fiber, introduced by Du Pont Corporation at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. In 1927, Du…


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LEAD is everywhere – Why are environmental health professionals concerned? Part 1

Back in December, 2007, rising concerns about high lead content in toys and other products, imported into America from abroad, prompted the Mt. Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center to provide the following presentation on the dangers of un-encapsulated forms of lead found in dyes, pigments…


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