Why Artificial Turf Is so Bad

Friday, October 30, 2020 10:12:53 AM America/Los_Angeles

One of the most common reasons dog owners look for indoor dog bathrooms is the convenience factor. Whether you’re tired of getting up at 4 AM to let your dog out, or you need somewhere your dog can take care of business while you’re gone at work, there’s no question that potty training your dog to use an indoor potty has many upsides.

Of the many choices available to you, we’re going to discuss one in particular in this post: the fake grass pee pad. This type of pet potty is made with a patch of artificial turf that is placed in a tray. While this may not seem altogether different than fresh grass--they both look like grass, after all--a natural alternative like Bark Potty can offer multiple benefits that fake grass cannot. Below we discuss three issues that might make you rethink using artificial turf for your precious pooch: odor, cleaning, and sustainability.

A major issue that both you and your dog will notice about fake grass is the smell. Because they are made with porous materials, the blades of grass in the artificial turf will get smelly over time, even with regular cleaning.


Which brings us to the next problem--upkeep. We know that convenience is a huge driving factor in how you choose a pee pad for your pup. Unfortunately, even if the fake grass pad is designed to have liquids drain into a tray, it will require daily cleaning. Not only does this situation get stinky if you don’t do this regularly, the pad can harbor germs. Services like Bark Potty can resolve both these issues because you receive a fresh pee pad with a monthly subscription.


A final distinction between a fake and a natural pet potty is sustainability. While artificial grass is made with plastic, options like Bark Potty are eco-friendly. The bark used in our pads is entirely compostable and odors are also naturally neutralized with our proprietary bark. In addition, artificial grass emits VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), or chemical fumes, which are not only bad for the environment but for humans and dogs as well.


If you’re looking for a natural alternative to artificial turf pee pads, check out Bark Potty. It’s a convenient way to reduce mess as well as harm to our environment! To learn more about Bark Potty’s commitment to sustainability, click here.