At the same time, Kompan has always paid close attention to the environment when designing its play structures. As proof of this, in 2014, the company created Ecocore, a structural panel made from 100% recycled materials that can be recycled once it reaches the end of its useful life.
A positive impact on children and the environment
Half a century after its creation, Kompan has become the world leader in outdoor play and fitness areas, and has enlisted the help of experts in children’s studies, architects, sociologists, etc. While its DNA—the design of attractive, high-quality, intergenerational outdoor play equipment—has remained the same, its eco-responsible choices have reached a whole new level. To reduce the use of virgin raw materials, the company has chosen to manufacture its latest range of outdoor play equipment from recycled marine and/or plastic waste—more sustainable raw materials for reduced carbon emissions. This circular solution means that waste is given a new lease on life, and can be recycled again once it has been taken apart.
These innovative materials, which have undergone extensive research and testing, offer the same properties as traditional materials in terms of resistance to UV rays, bad weather, impacts and intensive use by children.
Making good use of waste
The steel posts traditionally used on playgrounds have been replaced by textile posts, made from post-consumer textile waste and plastic bags that no longer have any value and cannot be recycled. The textile is processed and mixed with recycled plastic, resulting in a sustainable playground post with an 82% reduction in carbon emissions per kilogram.
The playground decks and climbing floors are made from 75% marine plastic waste recovered from the oceans, while the play panels are made from 100% post-consumer food packaging waste or 100% marine plastic waste. The rotomoulded accessories are also made from 25% of this ocean-derived plastic waste.
In 2022 Kompan’s low-carbon GreenLine playgrounds won Australia’s Good Design Award that year.