5 REASONS WHY VIRGIN RUBBER MULCH IS THE SAFEST SOLUTION FOR YOUR PLAYGROUND

by | Apr 4, 2018 | Blog Posts

One of the key questions that people raise with me is what sets our virgin rubber mulch product apart from the other products out there. The best answer, I’ve found, is this…

Whether you’re a parent looking for a home back yard, a school executive looking to renovate your playground or a construction firm looking for at improving the quality of your next project, safety is paramount.

Jelly Bean Rubber Mulch is one of the safest products on the market for your playground. Not only does it have industry-leading safe fall distance standards, it is one of the cleanest materials on the market.

Won’t Break Down

The more a product breaks down, the easier it is for it to cause harm to children. Rubber mulch produced from recycled tires can be dangerous as it starts to break down, leaving exposed wires. While it has its place, it can be a hazard for children at play due to the wires and fibres that remain from its original use.

We pride ourselves on providing a solution that is wire-free, because our material doesn’t rely on reworking post-consumer material. As we mentioned before, the wood mulch alternative also tends to break down, and can leave sharp edges as well.

Our material is warrantied for 20 years against degradation. While the cost tends to be more upfront you’ll sleep well knowing the safety surface you’re responsible for is always in compliance and will cost less over time.

Playground Concussions

Did you know that more than 550,000 playground injuries end up in the emergency room every year? That’s more than 1,500 visits per day! In fact, ten percent of them are diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, including concussions.

No matter what parents and teachers say, children have a habit of forgetting to “play safe” when they get to the park. They run, jump, slide, climb, and inevitably fall. The playground’s surface plays an important role when these falls happen.

Rubber chips have been shown to consistently absorb more shock impact than any other standard surface material. In fact, when compacted to our recommended depth it provides a safe fall depth of 17 feet.

If you want to provide a safe environment for children to play, consider the top option on the market!

Allergies

It seems like more and more children are developing allergies. One of the most common ones that children are encountering is dust. It is incredibly common for dust to build up on gravel playgrounds and other materials.

Rubber mulch is sealed so it does not make or gather dust. It is also nontoxic so children and pets are safe when enjoying playtime. Best of all, it also cleans easily so other allergens which may build up from children’s sticky fingers can be washed away without a problem.

Insect-Repelling

One of the most common materials for playground use are wood chips. They are a cost-effective option, and people have been familiar with them for years.

Unfortunately, there are often hidden costs associated with using materials like wood chips. They can be a breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects!

When these materials are rained on, they retain water. When you turn over wood chips, you’ll often find a number of creepy-crawlers underneath. Often, the water causes the chips to rot, which in turn attracts more bugs and means they need to be replaced…undermining one of the key reasons people choose it in the first place! Our product has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties baked in.

Over recent years a wide range of diseases have been primarily transmitted by insects. Some of the most common have been West Nile, Zika, several types of flu. Protect the children using your playground from these illnesses by switching to a safer material.

Non-Leaching

Because our products are 100% pre-consumer virgin rubber, we are able to guarantee that our product will not leach color or toxic substances onto the children using your playground.

Our material comes from rubber tiles, sliced and diced into virgin rubber mulch chunks. We chop it uniformly to give you a safe play mix for children. Its color is natural and not dyed on, so it will not leave tire dust or paint on your children.

Ask anyone who has had tire mulch for an extended period of time and they will tell you about how the color eventually comes off on the kids. Even the best coatings are only warrantied for 15 years against total color loss.

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