While artificial turf can help conserve water in Arizona, it also has several negative environmental impacts. Most notably, artificial turf is not biodegradable and will eventually end up in landfills where it will not break down. Additionally, the production and disposal of artificial turf can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of environmental pollution.
Another environmental impact of artificial turf in Arizona is the loss of natural habitats for wildlife. Natural grass provides important food and shelter for many different species of animals, while artificial turf does not. This can lead to a decrease in biodiversity in urban and suburban areas where artificial turf is prevalent.