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Non-Toxic Playground Rubber Mulch

A playground is supposed to be a safe place for children to have fun. When young kids inevitably fall off of equipment, the ground beneath them needs to be padded for protection. Do you ever take time to look at what they’re falling on? Playground rubber mulch or wood chips or pea gravel? It makes a difference.

What's The Difference?

A Look at Virgin vs Tire Rubber in Playground Surfacing

A Safe Place to Play

Children love to jump from high swings, go head first down slides, and fall off rock walls. That’s why purchasing the right safety play surface is so much more important than just price.

If you were to look at most playgrounds in your area, chances are you’d see a lot of rubber mulch. This covering is used the most on play places, and it’s no surprise. Rubber is so prevalent because the price is very reasonable. However, your everyday playground rubber mulch is so cheap because it’s made from recycled tires. Here’s the latest from the EPA on crumb rubber on playing fields.

Jelly Bean rubber mulch is made from shredded pieces of 100% non-tire, wire-free, lead-free, non-toxic safety tiles. These are special made for use in hospitals and daycares. Not only that, but the company performs quality control tests on all tiles before processing. There are no surprises.

Dirty Tires as Playground Rubber Mulch

Tires contain chemicals such as latex (allergen), VOC’s (key components of smog and ozone), and MBT (skin irritant). Unsafe levels of lead have also been found in playground rubber mulch, not to mention leftover pieces of wire. Luckily, it’s possible enjoy all of the benefits without the toxic chemicals.

Take a look below at the comprehensive history of rubber tire mulch video to get an idea of how the industry came to be, what children are playing on when they get to a playground with rubber tire mulch, and what you might find in such mulch. Want more info? Read the article here.

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