Wood may seem like an unconventional choice for an infill material. and it is! Other organic infills have been made from cork, coconut husk, and walnut shells, but BrockFILL’s innovative design makes it the first artificial turf infill derived from wood.
Splinters normally occur when contact is made with fixed, rough wood particles such as lumber. BrockFILL particles are mobile and move on contact to prevent splintering and reduce abrasion. Abrasion is one of the most common complaints from athletes who play on artificial turf fields, because an abrasive surface can cause injuries when sliding or diving. BrockFILL was designed to be less abrasive than crumb rubber or other organic infills.
BrockFILL also tackles another common complaint athletes have about playing on synthetic surfaces: heat. Artificial fields with crumb rubber infill can reach temperatures of 175+ degrees Fahrenheit. This is dangerous for athletes, and can cause burns, blisters, or heat exhaustion.
To ensure we are creating the safest surface possible for athletes, BrockFILL complies with California Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). This proposition requires businesses to inform Californians about exposure to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. None of the ingredients contained in BrockFILL are subject to reporting under this requirement.
Removing resin from the wood is also beneficial because it reduces the flammability of BrockFILL. Without resin, the particles will not maintain a flame. When a flames is removed, the small particles do not generate enough heat to ignite other particles. In our testing, the artificial turf fibers actually burn longer than BrockFILL particles when exposed to flames.
Still have questions about the safety of BrockFILL? Visit out FAQ page or contact a Brock representative.