United Kingdom – UK-based manufacturer Beacon Climbing Walls has designed a new product line for primary schools which is fun as well as sustainable.
Its new playground panels contain 100% recycled plastic bottles, carrier bags and film, supplied by recycler Centriforce. Made with a durable base, the rigid and rot-free panels have been transformed into low-level climbing tools specially developed for buildings with uneven surfaces. So far, two schools in Wales and one in London have been decorated externally with the colourful plastics.
‘The Stokbord panels have provided a much-needed, low-cost solution to building climbing walls where school walls are not flat,’ states Beacon Director Gill Lovick. Working with recycled materials is ‘a bonus’ as the material is both ‘durable and offers value for money’, and would have otherwise ended up in landfill, she adds.
Although the HDPE and LDPE plastic panels have become a viable alternative to plywood in a range of uses, the UK plastics recycler hadn’t quite expected the product to fill such a niche. ‘It’s always a pleasant surprise when Stokbord’s versatility finds another new application,’ notes Centriforce’s Managing Director Simon Carroll.
For more information, visit: www.beaconclimbing.com and www.centriforce.com