Shrink the Usage of Crumb Rubber Turf Infill that can Cause Illnesses like Cancer and More

Shrink the Usage of Crumb Rubber Turf Infill that can Cause Illnesses like Cancer and More

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Gulzar Kathawala started this petition to http://fremont.gov/259/Recreation-Services Recreation Services City of Fremont

Soccer is a popular sport played on fields by kids. These fields are either made of real grass or turf (artificial grass). Nowadays, more and more fields are starting to get turf installed, instead of real grass, because it is much easier to maintain. The turf fields use infill, but the problem is what infill is use inside the turf.  Unfortunately, the most used infill is crumb rubber. Crumb rubber are those small tiny black things you might find on a turf field.I am a soccer player myself, and I play on a turf field, with crumb rubber. I am constantly finding these tiny black pieces in my shoes, water bottle, and clothes. I did some research, and found out that crumb rubber can contain chemicals called, benzothiazole, carbon black, and heavy metals. Benzothiazole is a chemical which ”exerts acute toxicity and is a respiratory irritant and a dermal sensitizer.” A respiratory irritant, is “any substance that can cause inflammation, or other adverse reactions, in the respiratory system (lungs, nose, mouth, larynx, trachea)”. Carbon Black, which makes up 20-40 % of the crumb rubber is a proven  cancer-causing chemical, by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. There have also been cases of college soccer goalies, that play on crumb rubber fields getting cancer,. The goalies do tend to swallow crumb rubber which is probably the cause of the cancer. So, my cause is to reduce the usage of crumb rubber and use safer infills, so all the athletes and children playing on crumb rubber turf fields have no risk of getting sick. Because every athlete or child deserves playing, without having to worry about getting sick, and every parent deserves to watch their kid play without worry about the playing conditions. A great infill to use to substitute crumb rubber is Envirofill, which has many safety, and playing benefits too. By signing this petition you are helping make turf fields safer to play on.

 

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