Sustainability has been a key part of the Playtop mission since the business was first established. Working in partnership with the giant sports brand Nike to create sustainable play surfaces through Nike Grind has created opportunities for delivering sustainable solutions wherever a high performance, robust play surface is required. Today, Playtop is a leader in the world of environmentally friendly, innovative high quality surfacing for play and recreational spaces – and Nike Grind has been a key part of making this happen.
What is Nike Grind?
It is a type of recycled rubber surfacing that is made from unused materials and unused sports shoes. Nike Grind is incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide range of different environments, including outdoors, indoors, on sports courts and for walkways. It has many characteristics that make it ideal as a robust play surface, from being incredibly durable and long lasting to the creativity it can accommodate when it comes to playground design. It is also a fully tested safety surface that meets the requirements for even the strictest environmental and performance-based standards.
How is Nike Grind created?
Nike Grind surfacing is a unique product that is created from worn out sports shoes that are incorporated into Playtop surfacing, rather than ending up in landfill. It is the only product of its kind that incorporates Nike Grind rubber and which has been developed in partnership with Nike. For every square metre of Playtop with Nike Grind surfacing that is installed, the rubber equivalent of 28 worn out sports shoes is repurposed. This not only creates a reliable form of high quality, safe play surfaces but also contributes to a circular economy and minimises waste in the retail process.
Innovating for sustainability
Given the focus on sustainability at Playtop, it’s no surprise that the business is continuously innovating to help identify more ways to minimise the impact that enterprises can have on the planet. Playtop with Nike Grind takes the sustainable and high performance rubber elements from recycled materials and puts them to good use in play surfaces. This provides a simple opportunity to support improved play area design with creativity in a way that is good for the planet too.
The benefits of Nike Grind
Playtop with Nike Grind surfacing is not just great for the planet – it also has many benefits when it comes to creating inspiring and effective play surfaces that will better support development. Some of these benefits include:
- Playtop with Nike Grind has been fully tested
- It is a safe and reliable play surface
- It is a highly durable surfacing type that ensures long term return on investment
- Playtop with Nike Grind is impact absorbing and effective
- The opportunities for creative playground design are endless
- Can be used indoors or out – it is low maintenance and water permeable
- Environmentally friendly and micro plastic free
Sustainably producing play surfaces through Nike Grind means the team at Playtop can help deliver exceptional environmentally friendly surfacing that also creates great results.