Playworld Systems first in industry to have products Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) Silver for advancing sustainability achievements
Family-owned Company’s Ongoing Comprehensive Programs Help Secure Next Level of Environmental Certification
LEWISBURG, PA (September 27, 2012) – Playworld Systems, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment, today announced its products have been Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver. Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a rigorous and comprehensive environmental certification system licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation InstituteTM that evaluates products and materials for their impact on human health and environmental health. It is a certification that helps companies create a positive footprint on the environment by designing products for future life cycles.
One year ago, Playworld Systems became the first and only playground manufacturer to have its product lines Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Basic. Now its playground and fitness products are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver, an even greater achievement.
“Playworld Systems is proud to once again lead the playground industry with our ongoing commitment to sustainability. Five years ago, we dedicated ourselves to be on the leading edge of environmental action when we pledged to remove PVC from our products. Ever since, we have been uncompromising in ensuring our playground and fitness equipment enhances communities across the globe,” said Matthew Miller, chief executive officer of Playworld Systems. “Our comprehensive initiatives go far beyond empty green positioning or a ‘do no harm’ philosophy. This independent, third-party certification proves that the positive environmental impact of Playworld Systems goes beyond industry standards and federal law.”
The prestigious Silver level of certification requires additional criteria beyond those required at the Basic level, including:
- The product has been designed and manufactured with an increased number of materials that can be defined as technical or biological nutrients, which are safe and healthy for humans and the environment
- The company has developed a strategy for using renewable energy, such as solar energy, for product manufacture and assembly
- The company has created or adopted water stewardship principles and guidelines
- Publicly available corporate ethics and fair labor statement(s) have been adopted across the entire company
“We know the choices we make today in our manufacturing processes and the materials we use will affect generations to come,” added Miller. “We believe it is our responsibility to care for the people who use our products, and to be worthy of their trust in us. To fulfill that promise, Playworld Systems remains unwavering in our constant focus on the keys to our collective future: human and environmental health, water stewardship and social responsibility.”
The Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM program provides guidelines to help businesses like Playworld Systems evaluate all materials in its supply chain and focus on using safe materials that can be disassembled, recycled and repurposed.
"It is so exciting to see an organization that is embracing the certified products program core commitment to continuously improving its products,” said Bridgett Luther, president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. “We applaud Playworld Systems’ efforts. Thanks for taking care of our children."
The silver level of certification covers Playworld Systems products sold in the following groups:
Explorers®, Origins™ Nature, SkyTowers®, Playmakers®, Challengers®, CityScapes®, Activo®,
Adventure Series, KPE (Kid Powered Energy), RockBlocks®, PlayWeb™, Themed products, Freestanding products, ENERGI™, LifeTrail®, NEOS®, PlaySimple™, and Site Amenities.
The certification is recognized by environmental experts worldwide for its innovation in sustainability. In the US for example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products in its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) database for federal agency procurement. In addition, these certified products are eligible for points in the USGBC’s LEED certification for green buildings.
Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. For more information, visit www.c2ccertified.org.
About Playworld Systems, Inc.
For over 40 years, Playworld Systems has been a leader in creating imaginative, customized commercial playground and fitness equipment that positively impacts the health and well-being of communities around the globe. Based on the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld Systems brings the joy and benefits of healthful outdoor play and exercise to people of every age and ability through such innovative product lines as PlayDesigns®, PlaySimple®, Playworld®, Origins™, NEOS®, ENERGI®, and LifeTrail®.
Playworld Systems' products are made in the U.S.A. in its Lewisburg, Pa. manufacturing facility using domestic and foreign content, with a small number of parts purchased from trusted international suppliers. This multi-generational, family-owned company continues to invest significant resources to measurably reduce its impact on the environment. Its aggressive action to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has helped Playworld Systems become the first and only playground manufacturer to have its products Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver. The company offers an optimal customer experience unique in the industry – from value-added services using Microsoft Tag to personalized attention through its vast network of local distributors.
Playworld Systems has received numerous awards throughout its history, including two International Industrial Design Excellence Awards, a gold medal from International Design magazine, two News Directors’ Choice Awards on Early Childhood, and the Pennsylvania Governors’ Award for Safety Excellence. In 2012, Playworld Systems received an Evergreen Award in the sports and recreation category from the GSA Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center. For more information about Playworld Systems, visit PlayworldSystems.com.