What is Envirofill?
Envirofill is an acrylic-coated round sand infused with Microban® antimicrobial technology for protection against bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains and odors. Envirofill has both sports and landscape applications, used in soccer, football and baseball fields, putting greens, backyards, playgrounds and more.
With many benefits such as superior durability, multiple lifecycle uses (reusable) and non-compaction, Envirofill is a safer, more sustainable synthetic turf infill option that boasts maximum playability and performance. It’s also an extremely low maintenance product, with no need for irrigation and limited need for top off.
What are the benefits?
For sports applications, Envirofill provides maximum performance and safety for athletes. Tests have shown up to 85% less flyout than the standard crumb rubber infill as well as synthetic turf surface temperatures of up to 25% reduction. There is no need for irrigation and there is minimal to no migration of the product even on high-traffic fields and in varying weather conditions. Envirofill is also environmentally-friendly. There is no leaching of the coating and it can be reused for two field lifecycles.
On the landscape side, customers love that the Microban antimicrobial technology is highly effective against bacteria, mold and mildew. Ammonia odor from dog and pet urine is reduced by up to 99%. Many of the aforementioned benefits of heat reduction, low maintenance and a long lifespan are also greatly enjoyed by homeowners and businesses around the country.
How durable is the coating?
The coating on Envirofill is extremely durable. It was designed to withstand the harshest elements. We are so confident in the coating that we have provided a 16-year warranty on the product’s color and coating – the longest warranty of an artificial turf infill.
Envirofill has been in production since 2005 and has proven to have a very stable coating. The simplest test to prove its stability is to place the product in a jar of water and shake it. The water will stay clear. We put Envirofill through a number of accelerated wear tests which expose the product to UV rays through warm, cold, and wet cycles over 3,000 hours. The coating has proven to withstand these extreme temperature changes.
How does an Envirofill field compare to a standard sand/rubber field?
An Envirofill field will be more firm than a sand and rubber field. The shock absorption with an Envirofill field is provided by a shock pad. The shock pad provides a firmness to support athlete’s motion, foot stability, and ball-to-surface interaction. By providing shock attenuation via the shock pad, it will still keep athletes safe during play on the field.
Envirofill fields are very consistent over their lives, due to two reasons: The infill is homogenous so there is no mixing over time and Envirofill settles into the turf very quickly at installation so there is no “break-in” period. Sand/rubber fields tend to change in performance over their life – they are typically soft at initial installation and then firm up toward the end of their life. Systems with Envirofill have been shown to have less than 10% change in Gmax scores.
Can Envirofill be reused for the second sports field lifecycle?
Envirofill has been proven to have a long life, with extreme durability against the harsh elements of a sports field. With a 16-year warranty on the coating and color, Envirofill can be reused after the first lifecycle and will continue to perform at an optimum level. A great example of the strength of Envirofill is Tatum High School, in Tatum, Texas. The football field at Tatum was one of the earliest Envirofill fields to be installed in 2005. The owner and the team appreciated the performance level of Envirofill so much, that when the field was up for replacement in 2013, they elected to reclaim the infill and reinstall it into the new surface.
Can Envirofill help cool the surface temperature of a synthetic turf system?
Simply put, yes. In a sports system, Envirofill is typically within ½” – ¾” of the tips of the fibers. In these systems, Envirofill aids in reflecting the sun’s energy. Envirofill ‘12/20 Tan’ has been proven to lower temperatures as much as 37 degrees when compared to a system with the same turf and rubber infill.
How much does Envirofill cost?
Envirofill is currently sold into two markets: landscape and sports. We sell to distributors who resell the 50lb bags into their respective markets. This helps reduce freight costs by shipping full truckloads to key areas of the country where the product is then sold by the pallet and by the bag. Each distributor sets their own pricing. We can put you in touch with the distributor that is closest to you or your project.
What is Safeshell?
Safeshell is made from a proprietary blend of English and Black walnut shells. Falling into the organic category of infills, it is a 100% natural product, grown in the United States.
What are the benefits?
Safeshell is extremely durable. It experiences minimal degradation over it’s lifetime. Unique to the infill category, Safeshell does not require irrigation and does not float, meaning migration of the product is very limited. Actually, tests have shown that Safeshell performs the same wet or dry. Safeshell does allow for some evaporative cooling and can reduce surface temperatures by up to 38 degrees when compared to a crumb rubber field.
What about allergies?
We teamed up with a leading biotechnology firm to develop a unique process that virtually eliminates residual protein allergens which remain on the shell after processing. Laboratory testing confirms a reduction of 98.6%.
How does this compare to other organics in terms of player performance?
Because Safeshell is highly durable, low maintenance and performs the same wet or dry, it boasts many advantages over other organic infills in terms of performance. Many organics without very specific management and care can break down and create a less than optimal field, especially with age. Safeshell has been developed to address many of these performance concerns.