Designing Greener Playgrounds

Explore a New Level of Design Freedom

four children playing on a supernova carousel
Design freedom and increased sustainability are not mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand. Our playground solutions can be as colourful as your heart desires – but with a dramatically reduced carbon footprint.

Alexander Sundberg Architect MAA and Solution Design Manager, KOMPAN

Playground Design

Complete Design Freedom

Are you a landscape architect seeking groundbreaking possibilities for your next project? Our innovative playground solutions offer unparalleled design freedom, allowing you to unleash your creativity like never before. Modern playgrounds are highly dependent on virgin raw materials like plastic and aluminium. Therefore, there is a pressing need to develop and shift to more environmentally friendly alternatives – and the solutions are already here.

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EcoCore™ HDPE Panels

Now in all Colours

From 2024, all panels in EcoCore™ HDPE boast various hues derived from carefully selected, recycled materials. Each shade tells a story of environmental stewardship, proving that recycled waste can be seamlessly woven into every design without sacrificing aesthetics. The panel in the colour teal is made from post-consumer ocean recycled waste collected from the maritime industry, such as fishing nets, ropes and trawl nets. All other colours are made from post-consumer household waste. Using EcoCore™ HDPE panels made from >95% post-consumer recycled waste instead of panels made from virgin plastic reduces carbon emissions by 82% CO2e/kg.

Colour palette for playground equipment

Explore, Learn, Design: Greener Playgrounds

Read and learn more about our approach on working with recycled materials in playground components
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The footprint of a playground

Playgrounds, integral to childhood development, often leave a substantial environmental footprint from raw material extraction to disposal. KOMPAN's Go Green Director, Dorthe Thorup-Kjærulff, sheds light on KOMPAN's commitment to transparency.

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From waste to play value

KOMPAN acknowledges that around 80% of its carbon emissions result from the raw materials used. The company is actively seeking ways to diminish its environmental footprint. Learn more about the company's key initiatives.

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The new look of a reduced carbon footprint

Architect Alexander Sundberg assures that TexMade™ posts and plastic alternatives, developed from textile waste and post-consumer sources, rival steel and plastic in durability. Playground solutions can be as colourful as your heart desires – but with a dramatically reduced carbon footprint.

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Greener playgrounds: Where durability meets safety

KOMPAN's TexMade™ playground posts, crafted entirely from textile waste, prove their durability in extreme tests. Jacob Harder, KOMPAN's engineer, emphasizes the necessity of finding alternatives to traditional materials like steel and plastic.

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Playgrounds with documented green benefits

Navigating corporate claims on climate impact is increasingly aided by third-party verified data. Tomas Riegels-Jørgensen of Bureau Veritas emphasizes the rising demand for understanding ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) activities.

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Designing Greener Playgrounds

Welcome to a discussion on the evolving landscape of playgrounds – an essential aspect of childhood that now takes a turn towards responsible materials and practices.

In this magazine we'll delve deeper into the specifics of these materials, exploring the benefits they bring to playground design and their positive influence on the overall environmental footprint of these spaces.

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Replacement of raw materials

We continously work to reduce our usage of raw materials by replacing them and instead using recycled materials that emit fewer carbon emission. We work with a two-way approach: Made Green and Born Green.

Born Green

Born Green means products are made from natural hardwoods like Robinia. Robinia is highly durable and does not require any chemical wood preservatives. KOMPAN Robinia products are also available with a FSC® certification (C004450).

Made Green

Made Green products are made of up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials: ocean waste, used textiles, used plastic bags etc. Made Green products have approx. 50% reductions in carbon emissions compared to traditional products made from virgin sources.

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BLOQX Climbing

Using BLOQX™ panels made from 75% post-consumer Ocean-recycled waste instead of virgin plastic reduces carbon emissions by 68% CO2e/ kg on the panels. BLOQX Climbing panels are made from 75% post-consumer recycled waste, e.g. household waste, and the Teal colour version is made from 33% ocean waste – Made Green.

Robinia natural hardwood used for playgrounds

Robinia Products

Using nature’s materials, such as Robinia and pine wood from responsible forestry, where wood is bred for harvesting, and both planting and harvesting are carefully controlled, resulting in highly durable playgrounds. Robinia does not need any chemical wood preservatives. Robinia products are also available with FSC® certification (C004450). - Born Green

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Rotomoulded Components

Colored rotationally molded components used for Supernova, Spinner Bowl, Tipi Carousel etc. made from 33% recycled waste, e.g. household waste. The blue-green version is made from recycled waste from the ocean - Made Green.

close up of playground tower with extruded aluminimum

Extruded Aluminium

Extruded aluminium profiles are made using low-carbon aluminium – Made Green. Using low-carbon aluminium profiles produced with renewable energy sources instead of using aluminium profiles made with traditional energy sources reduces carbon emissions by 56% CO2e/kg. If you want to learn more about our materials, follow the link below.

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TexMade™ Posts

Using TexMade™ posts made from >95% post-consumer recycled textile and plastic waste instead of steel posts reduces carbon emissions by 74% CO2e/kg when comparing 1m steel post (2mm pipe thickness) to 1m TexMade™ post.

Our highly durable, innovative TexMade™ posts are made from >95% post-consumer recycled textile and plastic waste – Made Green.

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Hercules Rope

The unique tempered Corocord ropes are made from high-quality polyester fibres and offer high strength with balanced elongation properties. They are very resistant to abrasion and incredibly durable in all weather conditions. Each strand is tightly wrapped with PES yarn in >95% post-consumer recycled material, which is melted onto every individual strand, making the ropes highly wear- and vandalism-resistant.

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Deck

Decks in playground structures are made from 75% post-consumer recycled waste - Made Green.

Q&A on recycled materials

What is the difference between post-consumer and post-industrial waste and why is this important?

All recycled qualities are better to use if the alternative is using new/virgin material. However, when choosing between a post-industrial or a post-consumer quality, the post-consumer type saves much more CO2e. It is a harder job to use post-consumer qualities. With post-consumer qualities, you must collect, sort, and clean the waste before it can be used again. But the material is saved and can be used again, saving the environment from new /virgin material entering our world and preventing the waste from going into the waste incineration or landfill.

Does KOMPAN use all types of post-consumer waste?

KOMPAN is using narrower post-consumer waste streams, like used textiles, fishing nets, and food packaging post-consumer waste. We can control the quality better than if we used very broad waste. The household waste can be a mix of many different sources.

Who makes sure that the plastic sources are in fact from post-consumer waste and that it does not contain any other harmful ingredients?

We only use suppliers with the highest quality standards. It is very important that the waste comes from high-quality suppliers. We have a close connection to our suppliers, visiting them regularly. We are also running tests of all materials we are using to ensure high quality. We do not compromise our high quality and safety standards; they fully apply also to our recycled material qualities.

Which ocean does the plastic waste come from, and what route does it take?

The Ocean waste we use in our products originates from Europa and the Arctic oceans. It is based on post-consumer streams collected from the maritime industry, such as fishing nets, ropes and trawls.

Are the products still UV resistant if the material is 100 % recycled?

UV protection is added to all our recycled qualities. Some of our post-consumer recycled materials have no added colour pigment; they are the natural colour from e.g. fishing nets. The colour may vary. We only add UV protection and keep the natural colour from, e.g., the fishing nets.

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