Corkeen is synonymous with playgrounds with a mission: to create safer and more inclusive playgrounds for children while contributing to a better planet. Because the future is now.
The cork in Corkeen Play comes from Portuguese cork oaks, forests’ own environmental heroes. Cork oaks can live for centuries. This is because cork oaks are not felled when cork is stripped. Instead, their bark is peeled off every nine years and then the bark regenerates itself again. Harvests are healthy for these trees, and cork is a pure miracle material from an environmental point of view. Around cork oaks, a unique biodiversity is thriving, and cork oaks capture large amounts of carbon dioxide.
The Corkeen system has a negative carbon balance. It reaches carbon sequestration of up to -102 kg CO2eq/m2.
At Corkeen, we make use of what is leftover from other types of cork production and use the material on our surfaces. In this way, we reduce waste in cork production. In addition, when a Corkeen surface is eventually to be replaced, a large part of the material can be recycled into new surfaces.
Corkeen Play is a retained fall protection system for playgrounds made from cork.It has two cork layers, a flexible base layer, and a firm top layer. This means that the coating will maintain its characteristics even after years of use, protecting against falls.
Cork is a completely natural material without toxins, microplastics or endocrine disruptors, unlike materials made of plastics or oil. Compared with rubber, cork is also a very light material, which means that Corkeen Play can be applied to surfaces where weight is an important factor.
Other advantages of cork are that it smells less than rubber-based surfaces and the surface does not get as warm as rubber systems, even on hot days. Corkeen Play is also highly porous, allowing water to drain quickly.
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