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Active Playground Equipment is fully committed to the sustainability of our global environment. Every product, vendor and process is reviewed to ensure that we minimize our impact on the environment and that we contribute to healthy communities through play. The following is a simple, short list of some of the proactive steps we’ve taken in our sustainability commitment. Our commitment is more accurately measured in the many small steps we take each day.

Products
Our play structures are made from steel that has a minimum 65% recycled content. All of our PVC is free of hazardous heavy metals such as lead. Additionally, phthalate plasticizers (historically used as softeners in PVC) have been reduced to be compliant with recent legislation that initiated in California and has subsequently been adopted nationwide. A essential specification in all our packaging material is to have an above average recycled content.

Process
Although there is an abundance of readily available refurbished metal fabrication equipment, APE has consistently designed and/or purchased the newest equipment available in order to reduce our energy consumption. Lean manufacturing has allowed us to cut lead times while simultaneously reducing our finished goods inventory by 40%. Flexible work schedules have allowed us to spread our production to off-peak energy consumption periods. Over 80% of our production waste (from metal to office paper) is recycled.

Prices
Over the long term, having a cleaner environment and a reduced manufacturing footprint will not only increase our quality of life but will result in a lower cost of doing business. But in the interim, because we are committed to being at the leading edge of environmental reform, many of these initiatives initially increase the cost of providing our goods and services. While other corporations are certainly entitled to downloading these costs to the end user, here at ACTIVE, we are determined not to pass any increased costs associated with our sustainability efforts on to our clients. Instead, we’ve voluntarily accepted a reduced ROI as part of our contribution to a cleaner planet. When you complete your playspace purchase using ACTIVE, you join our large and growing team of environmentally committed partners. Welcome to the healthier world at ACTIVE.

Recycled Content
Using recycled content, and recyclable materials on our playground equipment is important to the long term sustainability of our environment. Here is a chart indicating recycled or recyclable content in our playgrounds.

Item
Recycled Content
Recyclability
Rotomolded
0%
100%
Steel
65%
100%
HDPE
5-95% (50% Avg)
100%
Decks
65%
100%
EWF
0%
100%
Tile
98%
100%

Biking to Work
If you visit Active Playground Equipment at any time during the day, it is not uncommon to see 5 or more bicycles near the entranceway. We see cycling to work more than just a commitment to environmental responsibility. It is a way to keep us all sharp, healthy and active, as well as reducing our carbon footprint.

ActiveFit Outdoor Fitness Equipment

APE manufacture's ActiveFit Outdoor Fitness Equipment for adults! A great addition to parks, trails, or any other outdoor gathering area. Click here to visit the official ActiveFit website.

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First Nations

Active Playground Equipment specializes in custom designs of First Nations panels and playground designs. Please contact our Sales team via the tab on the top right of the screen to discuss your playground project.

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