Making Eco-Friendly Playgrounds with Sustainable Flooring

Here at PlaySmart we are proud to be leading the UK playground industry towards a greener future. With our sustainable flooring solutions, we are the go-to for creating a long-lasting and safe eco friendly playground.

Our green options range includes recycled rubber mat safety surfacing, natural cork flooring, recycled rubber mulch and water permeable eco chippings. Whatever you are looking for, PlaySmart provides you with a broad choice of sustainable flooring for any playground.

Playground rubber mulch path with green vegetation and wooden trellis arch
Why is Sustainable Flooring Important for your Playground?

Sustainable playground design has become increasingly popular across the country over the last few years. Eco-conscious schools, house builders, and local councils alike bring concerns over the climate into their planning decisions. Eco friendly playgrounds are a large draw for visitors, especially families and young people passionate about the environment.

Sustainable flooring solutions offered by PlaySmart have the added benefit of long-lasting durability. This limits long-term costs from maintenance and replacement, keeping your play area looking amazing for longer! Careful choices made in the material used in our recycled and natural flooring means that no corners are cut on quality.

Recycled Rubber Playground Surfacing

Made from used tyres, our recycled rubber surfaces are great for sustainable play areas that need effective safety surfacing considerations. This material allows for thicker rubber grass mats and more stable mulch surfaces that provide safety surfacing protection for years.

Recycled rubber mats like our EcoSmart Natural Play Safety Surfacing are made from high-quality recycled rubber in a honeycombed structure that provides a softer landing than hard plastic safety tiles. Plastics are becoming less popular as a playground solution with more wooden play equipment and rubber flooring. This is both because of the sustainable play element, but also because natural materials are often the superior option for reliable and durable play areas.

EcoSmart Rubber grass mats with grass growing through the gaps

JungleMulch is a rubber mulch flooring solution that uses eco chippings of recycled rubber, natural colour pigments, and polyurethane binders to create a vibrant and accessible water permeable safety surface. Playground recycled rubber mulch is a cost-effective alternative to non-recycled wet pour or loose fill rubber while offering a more durable surface that facilitates tree growth and looks great!

Some playground recycled rubber mulch can have issues with contaminates like wire or plastics that can be harmful. JungleMulch removes this risk by using only the highest quality rubber from truck and aircraft tyres that contain no metal or fibre, meaning your kids are safe to play!

A golf pathway using our multi-coloured Jungle Mulch Rubber Mulch surface cover in a golf course, surrounded by grass and next to a pond
Natural Cork Flooring

Corkeen is a premier sustainable surfacing option available in the UK only from PlaySmart. The natural cork flooring creates a flat safety surface for running, jumping and playing. The all-natural cork comes from renewable cork oak producers from Green Leader in cork materials: Amorim.

Cork flooring is often overlooked in playground design, but is a great option for slip-resistant, hypoallergenic, durable playgrounds. Nursery and school playgrounds and pathways can benefit from this flooring option, creating a safe area for play with a wear-resistant upper layer and shock-absorbent lower layer to protect in multiple ways.

You don’t need to be restricted to traditional playground surfacing materials. To truly push your site to become an eco friendly playground, sustainable flooring materials are an alternative to tarmac or paved surfaces.

Ecological Benefits of Water Permeable Surfaces

In addition to the sustainable flooring materials used in many of PlaySmart’s surfacing solutions, the water permeable qualities of our range, from Corkeen to hybrid grass, is a great way to promote sustainable play design. Most notably, our rubber-bound gravel SmartPave surfacing meets the criteria for use in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) that protect local water systems and reduces risks of flooding.

In rainy weather, this allows water to pass through water permeable floors into the water table below the ground, you prevent surface run-off and build-up of water that is common in paved urban areas. Grass and vegetation in addition to sustainable flooring working with the water cycle can help reduce the damage to natural flows of water in urban or semi-urban areas.

In our continuing attention to sustainable play design, PlaySmart makes the smart choice at each step in the manufacturing process and material choices. Therefore, organic pigments and non-toxic materials are used in our surfacing; this prevents water from leaching harmful substances into the soil and local water system, benefitting the natural ecology of the area.

Are you ready to start exploring your options for an Eco-Friendly Playground with PlaySmart?

Sustainability in landscape design and site development is important in getting the best return on your investment both in terms of long-term financial benefits and for your local area.

If you need any more advice or looking for a quote to get started don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can request a callback or quote with the handy contact form at the top of the page, or by calling: 01564 742811.

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