pvclogo1 Playgrounds should be safe for kids, right. Well Playworld, one of the major playground component manufacturer in the US has gone PVC-Free.

Playworld Systems, Inc. Is First Major U.S. Playground Manufacturer To Eliminate PVC From Products

Playworld Systems, Inc., a leading international manufacturer of playgrounds and playground equipment, has announced that it will become the first major playground manufacturer to abandon the use of polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) in its products. PVC, commonly knows as “vinyl” has been a significant component in playground equipment for decades. However, recent private and public studies have indicated it is environmentally unsound and a potential health risk.
“We have a responsibility to the environment and the children who use our playgrounds to do everything in our power to use the most environmentally friendly substances” said Matt Miller, president of Playworld Systems. “We are proud to be the first major playground manufacturer to do something about the actual problem of PVC and not just ‘offset’ its effects by other means.”

[ad#125-right]For those who don’t know about the health risks of PVC, read the Greenpeace page on the PVC issue.

Support manufacturers who choose to minimize their impact, I don’t know much else about Playworld, other than the fact that their equipment is fun, colourful and now a whole lot Greener.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.