Pureti

FUNgrass®  introduces a new line of artificial grass products enriched with Pureti not only increasing their performance but also improving air quality.

Support their top performances

Part 1: Advantages

Increased performance, healthier players

Pollution is everywhere, in urban areas as well as in rural areas, summer and winter. Human activity is the main cause and is exacerbated by certain weather conditions. Sulphur oxides (SOx) are felt from the 5th minute of intense exercise, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) increase heart rate, and airborne particles (PM2.5 and PM10) reduce blood flow in the arteries, increase blood pressure in the lungs and reduce performance. 

Above this, physical exertion generates a much higher uptake of the surrounding air, up to 200 liters per minute during extreme exertion (at rest this is 5l/min). Moreover, when exercising, a natural barrier is bypassed by the fact that when increasing the intensity of exertion, the air is no longer inhaled through the nose but directly through the mouth.

FUNgrass®  enriched with Pureti can provide much cleaner air above the sports field, with an immediate beneficial effect on both their health and their performance.

Prevents moss, mould & algae Cheaper maintenance

Washing hands with soap and water, as well as alcohol gels have proven to be extremely effective against bacteria and viruses. They act on the weakest part of the bacterium or the virus, namely the lipid cell membrane. This causes it to disintegrate and become harmless.
Pureti works in a similar way, the oxidative breakdown of lipids (known as lipid peroxidation) is very destructive as it takes place as a self-continuing chain reaction. In other words, the microbes and viruses decompose. So if injuries occur, no bacteria or viruses are passed on.

No bacteria, no viruses

Due to photocatalytic oxidation, FUNgrass® enriched with Pureti reduces the maintenance required on a lawn by preventing mold, moss and algae. This is especially the case in places where it often rains or where the pitch requires water to play on. 
This results in a big reduction of the costs on maintenance and it makes the use of biocides and pesticides a thing of the past.

Antistatic
artificial grass

FUNgrass®  enriched with Pureti prevents statically charged artificial grass.

Elimination
of odors

By oxidizing organic components and odors at a molecular level.

Healthy air quality,
also indoors

By oxidizing VOC’s e.g. methane, toluene, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, etc.

Add an extra green lung in your city

Air pollution is responsible for 7 million deaths worldwide every year.

Source: World Health Organization

Eliminates air pollution

1m2 of FUNgrass® enriched with Pureti has the air purifying efficiency of 1 fully grown tree. 

It actively and continuously reduces indirect greenhouse gases (NOx and SOx), VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds such as methane, toluene, n-heptane, etc.) and particulates (PM 2.5 and PM 10) that cause smog. For example, considering an average football field covers an area of 8000m2a field enriched with Pureti is the equivalent of planting a 20-hectare forest.

No biocides or pesticides needed

The active component in Pureti is TiO2, a naturally occurring mineral that generates a photocatalytic process, which results in the breakdown of organic molecules. 

This means that moss, mould and algae don’t get the change to grow on your FUNgrass enriched with Pureti, so biocides and pesticides are redundant.

Part 2. What is Pureti?

Pureti is an invisible nano-coating with which we can enrich our FUNgrass®  

It actively and continuously reduces indirect greenhouse gases (NOx and SOx), VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds such as methane, toluene, etc.), particulates (PM 2.5 and PM 10) that cause smog and other organic matter including bacteria and viruses. 

The active ingredient is the naturally occurring mineral titanium dioxide (TiO2) which is bound to water molecules to prevent any possibility of free particles. This works together with UV-A light or direct sunlight, humidity and air flow in a photocatalytic process. The TiO2 only acts as a catalyst and does not take part in the process itself, so it is neither a biocide nor a pesticide.

The large contact surface of artificial grass ensures excellent results.

Pureti is the only photocatalytic product tested with success in the consortium of ISCAPE https://www.iscapeproject.eu/about/consortium, the ambitious European Horizon 2020 project that aims to reduce the ecological footprint of European cities and improve air quality. By integrating Pureti into the production process of artificial grass, FUNgrass® is able to reduce NOby 70%. 

Part 3: How does Pureti work?

Traffic, industry and agriculture are generating air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).These pollutants are threatening our overall health and the biodiversity of nature. 

When Pureti comes in contact with sunlight, it starts a photocatalytic process that uses oxygen O2 and humidity H2O in the ambient air to generate two powerfull cleaning agents:  

  • Hydroxylradicals (OH)
  • Superoxide-anions (O2)

Superoxide-anions (O2) oxidizes NOX into harmless mineral nitrates that are consumed and recycled by plants.

Hydroxylradicals (OH) turn VOCs into water steam (H2O) and a small residual amount of CO2.

The air-purifying efficiency of 1 m2 Pureti Domo® Sports Grass pitch, is comparable with the air purifying effect of 1 mature tree.

Part 4: Research

Air purification

Research shows that a Pureti artificial turf football pitch neutralizes 199 kg NOX per year. This corresponds to the NOX emission of 342 Euro 6 cars that run 20 km a day for a year.

It is also demonstrated that the larger the surface area exposed to sunlight, the greater the air-purifying effect.

Pureti reduces the NOx by 70%. 

Anti-bacterial & Anti-viral

Pureti has a long-lasting reduced microbial working. Its photocatalytic process deactivates pathogens such as:

  • Gram-negative bacteria (among which E.coli, Legionella, Salmonella)
  • Gram-positive bacteria (among which Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Listeria, MRSA)
  • Viruses (among which Influenzas, Norovirus, Poliovirus, Coronavirus)

This means in case of injuries, there be a lower risk of contamination with pathogens coming from the sports pitch which creates a safe environment for athletes and kids. The technology provides a powerful weapon in the battle against transmitting infectious diseases.

Against grow of moss, mold and algae

Thanks to its photocatalytic activity, Pureti is an innovative way to keep sports pitches free of mould, moss and algae, which leads to a big reduction in maintenance costs.

Pureti supresses the formation of a biofilm which residues need to grow. If there is no biofilm, moulds, bacteria or algae don’t stand a chance.

On the pictures displayed, organic matter was placed on 2 samples of artificial grass, one of which enriched with Pureti. As you can see, Pureti prevents the growth of moss, mould and algae.

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