Our Green Initiative

Since 1991, our playground equipment has included recycled or recyclable components in as many practical ways as possible. By reducing our carbon footprint, we are doing our part, and in turn you are doing your part, to protect the earth’s resources. What’s more, Grounds For Play takes pride in the fact that we manufacture our superior quality playgrounds and other outdoor equipment right here in America, which allows us to have even more control over our carbon footprint.

The Woods, FL

Environmentally-Friendly Playgrounds

  • Our average structure contains more than 80% recycled material by weight
  • Our posts and decking is made from 90% recycled content
  • Our steel is made from 30-50% recycled content
  • Our HDPE panels are made from 30% recycled content
  • The majority of our playgrounds are recyclable at the end of their lifespan

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Child-Friendly, Low Maintenance, and a Slip-Resistant Surface for Play

Our recycled posts and decks look like wood but without unwanted maintenance! This material is made from post-consumer plastic products, like milk jugs and detergent bottles. Neat, right? These reinforced posts and decks are vandal-resistant and resistant to rotting, splitting, cracking, or splinters. Additionally, the posts have UV additives to protect from fading and are resistant to termites, marine borers, salt spray, oil, and fungus (making them perfect for coastal areas!). Let’s see just how great our sustainable posts and decks are.

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Reduce Air & Water Pollutants 

Unlike wood, our structural plastic lumber doesn’t need to be chemically treated so there’s no leaching of chemicals into the ground or water.

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Reduce Toxic Exposures

Our plastic lumber, which is used for the posts and the decks on our playgrounds, doesn’t emit toxins and irritants into the air or water.

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Reduce Landfill Pile-Up

Our plastic lumber gives consumer plastics new life, reducing waste dramatically. Not only is it made from recycled materials, it can be recycled at the end of its life.

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Reduce Deforestation

Unlike traditional wood, the lumber we use eliminates the need for deforestation — saving countless trees that wildlife depend on for food, shelter, and ecological balance.

GreenCircle Certified

Our post and decking supplier has the Recycled Content Certification by GreenCircle. This certification qualifies their compliance with all Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 2012 Green Guidelines.

ISO 14001 Certified

ISO industry certification processes are issued by the International Organization for Standardization and one of our playground manufacturing facilities is ISO 14001 certified. This certification, also known as the “Green Certification,” specifies the requirements of an organization having an Environmental Management System (EMS), which means we control the environmental impact our products and processes have on the environment.

U.S. Green Building Council

The USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is one of the world’s best-recognized certification programs. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for various green building strategies. The materials used to create the posts, decks, stairs, bridges, and climbers meet the criteria for obtaining LEED points.

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