Ecological Commitment

Ecore, manufacturer of PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, remains true to is values buy using a sustainable, proprietary manufacturing process that does not include smokestacks, uses minimal water, and reuses all on-site scrap rubber.

In all of its operations, Ecore is committed to using resources wisely to protect the environment. Ecore goes to great lengths to ensure that the manufacturing process and resulting products are safe. Ecore prides itself on continuously testing and retesting products to maintain this level of quality.

Ecore products:
  • Support ASTM E2129-05 Sustainability Assessment
  • Meet State of Washington standard for low VOCs
  • E-Grip III adhesive delivers 50-percent lower VOCs than most demanding standard in the industry (SCAQMD)

Ecore is the largest user of scrap tire rubber in the U.S.A., converting more than 65 million pounds of tires annually into recycled rubber flooring. Ecore's capabilities include grinding, screening, removal of stone, wood, paper, fluff, fiber, and other materials from scrap tire rubber to produce exacting specifications that meet or exceed customers internal, external, and ASTM specifications. With our state of the art equipment, experienced staff, and 100 million pound capacity, Ecore is uniquely capable of producing the cleanest, most consistent, and highest quality material available in the market place.

LEED

How PlayGuard Safety Surfacing earns LEED® credits

Many products have the potential to contribute points to LEED®; but, since credits are based on the performance of all the products involved in a particular project, there is not one stand-alone product that can guarantee you will obtain LEED credits. It is the combination, and the weight of each, that is critical.

PlayGuard is designed to meet stringent criteria required to help earn points under 2 of the 6 categories of LEED. Based on these criteria, PlayGuard products can assist specifiers by potentially contributing toward earning up to 8 LEED points in Building Design + Construction and Interior Design + Construction, 4.5 LEED points in Building Design + Construction: Homes/Midrise, and 4 LEED points in Operations + Maintenance.

For more details on how PlayGuard Safety Surfacing can assist in contributing toward earning LEED® credits, download the PlayGuard LEED Guide.

Floor Score

PlayGuard surfaces are FloorScore Certified to Qualify for Use in High Performance Schools

The FloorScore program was developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), which tests and certifies flooring as well as flooring adhesives products, and certifies production facilities for compliance with rigorous indoor air quality emission requirements. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are evaluated using health-based specifications. Flooring and adhesives that earn FloorScore certification qualify for use in high performance schools and office buildings. Products bearing the FloorScore label meet the indoor air emissions criteria of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and LEED Green Building Rating Systems.

Environmental and Health Product Declarations

What is an Environmental Product Declaration?

An Environmental Product Declaration, EPD®, is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA) and other relevant information and in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations).

An EPD is defined by its Product Category Rules (PCR). PCR are documents that define the rules and requirements for EPDs of a certain product category. They are vital for the concept of environmental declarations according to ISO 14025 as they enable transparency and comparability between different EPDs based on the same PCR.

PlayGuard has gone through the rigorous EPD process, including a comprehensive life cycle assessment according to ISO 14040 standards. Our EPDs were prepared by SCS Global Services based on the NSF International Product Category Rule (PCR) for Flooring: Carpet, Resilient, Laminate, Ceramic, Wood. Following completion, our EPDs were externally verified by FFK LTD as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14025:2006 and ISO 21930:2007. This also meets LEEDv4 requirements.

PlayGuard's EPD can be downloaded here or on SCS Global Services' green product guide.

Health Product Declarations (HPDs) disclose the potential hazards associated with a building product ingredient. HPDs were created by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, whom established the Open Standard which consists of a defined format and rules for reporting. PlayGuard’s HPD can be downloaded here.

Redeux

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

As an advocate for sustainable design and eco-friendly living, ECORE has developed its Redeux material reclamation program to further its commitment to reducing waste, reusing scrap, and recycling old products and samples in order to manufacture new.

Ecore will accept retired PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, so it can recycle it and make it into a new surface! Material is accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please visit www.ecoreintl.com/redeux.php to see Ecore’s guidelines and requirements for the reclamation program.

Recycled Rubber

The Facts

There have been questions that have arisen in the past few years that question the safety of crumb rubber or recycled rubber chips, more specifically the loose recycled rubber chips that can be found on turf fields and playgrounds. A number of states and associations have conducted tests and released reports to help clear up any misconceptions related to recycled crumb rubber safety. To view these tests and studies, see the links on the right side of this page.

The EPA also performed tests on crumb rubber and published results in December 2009 on their website in an article titled, The Use of Recycled Tire Materials on Playgrounds & Artificial Turf Field. The summary of results stated, "On average, the concentrations of components monitored in this study were below levels of concern."

All of these tests and studies confirm that surfacing made from crumb rubber is safe for the environment and for the communities that use them. It is unequivocal that exposure to crumb rubber products poses NO risk to adults, children, or pets.

Similar conclusions have been established on the international front. In a study on the assessment of health risks from recycled crumb rubber, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Radium Hospital stated, "On the basis of estimated exposure values and the doses/concentrations which can cause harmful effects in humans or in animal experiments, it is concluded that the use of artificial turf halls does not cause any elevated health risk. This applies to children, older children, juniors and adults." The International Federation of Association Football in Switzerland also states, "Epidemiological studies conducted by the Health Effects Institute, The World Health Organization, and other investigators do not implicate tire wear particles in ambient air as contributing to human health effects (respiratory and cardiovascular diseases)."

To learn more about the safety of recycled rubber watch this video titled "The Truth About Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber."

To learn more about recycled rubber, visit: http://www.recycledrubbersafetycouncil.org.