Circularity & Sustainability
With an eye to the future, the design of outdoor space is increasingly focused on circular play and exercise space where sustainable materials predominate. It is a fact for us that we provide good, sustainable and quality products and services. With the lowest possible carbon footprint. During the entire process from purchasing to production and from design to placement of our devices, we take into account the recycling and reuse of materials. Circularity and sustainability are woven into our complete business process:
Supply-driven design and realization of a playground
When designing a playground, we design supply-driven. This means that we identify which materials are released from the existing area and use them as much as possible in the new designs, possibly in a different function. For example reuse 30×30 floor tiles for an outdoor class, a grandstand, a room divider or an insect hotel. Or tree waste for creating a willow tunnel. Or preservation of (parts of) existing playing elements.
When designing a playground, we prefer to work with a closed ground balance. For example, we use land that we remove from one zone to create a slope in another zone. Or for a separation wall between sports and games. This way we keep land on the site and prevent driving extra miles / kilometers for the removal of land.
Return and high-quality reuse
At the end of the life cycle, it is possible to return (play) devices placed by us free of charge for reuse. In this way, valuable raw materials are reused. An additional advantage is a reduction in waste processing costs. With the reuse of materials, we naturally do not compromise on safety (EN 1176) or take away play value.
- Raw material prices show a rising trend, becoming more scarce and therefore more expensive. In cooperation with the entire chain, we have been busy for years to ensure that our business operations fit in with this in an appropriate manner.
- The majority of the materials used by us are excellent for high-quality reuse. Think of metal, stainless steel and plastic. We reuse useful parts of returned devices, often by taking corrective measures. Such as sand grinding, powder coating of metal and polishing of stainless steel.
- We have a long tradition of using recycled material and recycling our waste streams. After separation, we return the various materials to our suppliers for high-quality reuse.
- Components from the technical and biological cycles can be separated from each other, without the use of additional substances or materials that cannot be reused in the process.
- Only wood is recycled to a low value, or used as fuel to heat our production facilities in the winter. On balance, this resulted in a gas use reduction of 41% compared to 2014 (data up to and including 2018).
- Despite an annual growth in our business activities and results, various measures have nevertheless led to less waste.
Circular Play Award 2019
Also within the production process a lot can be gained in the field of circularity. Within our production we always look for the highest attainable in terms of reuse:
- We achieve an important profit for reuse in the design and production of appliances and street furniture. When applying material, we use the standard available sizes, or lengths, and we use these sizes as optimally as possible. By designing smartly, we avoid cutting losses and we need fewer resources.
- We strive for a minimum number of components that we use in our devices.
- The variety of components is limited as much as possible and we use these components in multiple programs, or type of equipment as much as possible. This facilitates exchanging between equipment and programs. This also provides extra benefits with regard to stocks, management & maintenance.
- We meet the prescribed sustainability criteria, as prepared by the VRO.
- We create a logbook for each equipment, including information about the materials used. Detailed drawings indicate which components the equipment is composed of.
- Each equipment that we produce is completely broken down into our ERP system, into components from the technical and biological cycle in a Bill of Materials (raw material passport). Each component is broken down step by step to the smallest possible level. This Bill of Materials is the basis for our production planning.
Our programs are modularly designed and structured. This means that we can adjust devices easily, even after placement. Thanks to this modularity we can also easily exchange materials with each other. Modularity also implies that parts and modules can easily be repaired, replaced and then reused or recycled in the event of damage and / or wear. This way we reduce the life-cycle costs and extend the service life.
Example of modular split up elements from the Basic Play assortment
Life Cycle costs
We design our equipment with a view to placement in public spaces, focusing on a long service life and guarantee. We design our products with a service life of at least 15 years. Equipment made out of stainless steel, steel, aluminum and plastics have a lifespan that can run up to more than 40 years. We believe that devices should require little maintenance after installation, so as much money as possible remains available for new play / sport areas. Our devices are characterized by low maintenance costs (<2% per year), and long service life (> 15 years).
We are convinced of our quality. This is why we offer a standard 15-year guarantee on materials, parts and labour on the equipment we manufacture ourselves and the work we have performed. Warranty is 100% for the first three years and then expires with a depreciation percentage per year. All information can be found in our terms and conditions. A condition for the guarantee is that demonstrably preventive maintenance has been carried out in accordance with our regulations and that the parts used are original. Wear due to normal use, discoloration and vandalism are excluded from the warranty. Effects such as fission or splintering of natural products such as wood are also excluded from the warranty. We use the guarantee periods of our partners on products that are not produced by ourselves.
We always choose durable and maintenance-friendly materials, such as:
- Fasteners made of stainless steel 304/K320.
- FSC® certified wood, FSC® is the mark of responsible forest management. Our license number is FSC-C101553 and our certificate number is SKH-COC-000422, please check www.fsc.org for more information
- Nets and ropes made from 16 mm vandal-proof Hercules rope, made up of 6 strands. Each strand consists of a galvanized steel core, wrapped in plastic yarn. Connections are plastic or stainless steel.
- All components are by definition poison-free and splinter-free.
- All coating used falls within the VOS determination
- The properties of the materials indicated remain unaffected.
- We assess other consumables such as packaging materials (cardboard, paper and polyurethane plastics) in an identical manner.
Thanks to the solid quality of our equipment we can also move them at an interim base. We are in talks with several municipalities, together with MVO Netherlands, to renovate and replace surplus equipment.
For this we prepare a step-by-step plan in consultation with the customer to:
- Those no longer relevant because of the change of age composition in a neighborhood, leading to a playground with the right age category
- Those which become superfluous because a playground is cleared up and are to be moved to another place
- and those which change from time to time and give a playground a new impulse. A sustainable way for municipalities to set up play areas and for the suburbs and neighbourhoods a renewed play area. An optimal solution for both
We believe that the circular economy is shifting from a products- to a services economy. Repair is one of the services that forms part of this. Smart maintenance prevents accidents, extends the service life and lowers operating costs. It is possible to conclude a maintenance contract with us. Within a project we look at which products need periodic maintenance and what kind of maintenance this concerns.
If, after reading these efforts with regard to circularity and sustainability, you still have questions or want to know what we can do for you in this area, please do not hesitate in contacting us. Our advisors are happy to explain what is possible and are delighted to provide you with a piece of aftercare.