The advent of technology had an effect on people when it comes to acquiring things. The norm had been to have something new—the newer, the better. People would normally just purchase things and dispose of them once they no longer have any use for them. Little do they know that by being accustomed to such a practice can only lead to further land denudation, water contamination and air pollution. It’s a good thing there are still a few who show that they care about nature, like those who choose to reuse, reduce and recycle materials.
With today’s depleting resources, more and more every day things are being made from recycled materials. One good example that’s not much widely known are recycled plastic playground components
. It has become quite popular these days as more people, mostly parents, realize the negative effects of modernization and become ecologically concern. But the thrills and spills of a playground made from recycled plastic are the same as those of the brand new, with additional perks:
- They are made of post-consumer products.
When you mention anything that is recycled, materials such as; plastic bottles, plastic milk jugs, reusable rubber tires, aluminum, lumber and wood shavings are usually involved. They are classified as non biodegradable or things that don’t decompose and can be used again.
- They easily absorb moisture and don’t rust, crack or break.
Recycled materials are normally considered absorbent which is why you don’t need to add any preservatives that will prolong their life and usability. Think about it, you don’t have to be afraid that your children might get bruises or wounds that can easily be infected by germs and dirt.
- They prevent bacterial growth.
Since recycled materials cannot decompose, microorganisms and other harmful parasites can’t live on them. You don’t have to stress yourself worrying too much about your children’s health and safety. They can freely enjoy playing without the risk of getting diseases.
- They are sturdier and can withstand the different weather conditions.
The wear and tear of sun and rain don’t affect them that much because of their porous (absorbent) quality to sustain themselves, plus the fact that they don’t rot and become brittle. This makes their lives twice as long as those playgrounds that are made of steel. Recycled materials are not only used to build playgrounds but also houses, schools and even parks.
- They have Ultraviolet (UV) colors that stop resurfacing, staining, stripping, painting and waterproofing.
These are films or layers that serve as their filtering protection against the forces of nature. They are also responsible for the smooth texture of recycled materials so they are gentle on your kids’ skin.
Dirt and stains can be quickly removed from recycled materials by wiping them with a damp cloth. This is good because there’s no need for you to use too much soap and water that may otherwise go to waste. Imagine the amount of water you spend from leaving your garden hoe or sprinklers for a very long time.
- They minimize carbon footprints that are harmful for the environment.
Carbon footprints are toxic gases that come from wastes that are not properly disposed and decomposed. By reusing non biodegradable things like plastic, the amount of unrecompensed materials containing carbon which can contaminate land, water and air, is reduced.
- They prevent plastic wastes from turning into large landfills.
Landfills refer to sites or holes where trash items are put to decompose. Those plastic materials that are not recycled only add to the ever-growing pile of garbage that require more dump sites. In turn, these dump sites clog many drainage and sewer systems causing higher levels of flood. By putting plastic items in good use, landfills are stabilized.
It’s surprising how a small act of environmental kindness can help your loved ones and the world. By using recycled materials
, you contribute to the growth of the ecosystem and nurture the living. It’s true that technology has provided mankind with rich socio-cultural and economic benefits but these would never have been possible without the presence of nature itself, the keeper of life.