Rubber Mulch: Another Great Safety Surfacing Option

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Have you thought of using rubber mulch for your playground surfacing?

No Fault Rubber Mulch is an environmentally sustainable and non-toxic loose fill playground surface.

It is also clean, attractive, and doesn’t have an unpleasant smell. 

Rubber mulch is safe both for the environment and for use as a playground surface

How do we know? Well, the research continues; the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently involved in a comprehensive, multi-year crumb rubber study. But the EPA, in the past, has conducted studies on playgrounds and concluded that recycled rubber products (such as rubber mulch) are non-hazardous and environmentally safe.

There are multiple studies which found that there are no adverse human or ecological health effects from the use of rubber mulch. In fact, as many as 100 state-level studies reached the same conclusion:  Recycled rubber poses no significant health or environmental risk.

Tires used for playground safety surfacing undergo an extensive sieve process to remove fibers and are then sent through a conveyor belt to have any metals removed by powerful magnets and vacuums. This is an exacting process designed to meet rigorous ASTM specifications. The recycled rubber mulch is continuously tested to maintain a high level of quality and trust.

Then (of course) there is the environmental benefit:  Every year, rubber recycling diverts millions of used tires from landfills. It also conserves water by reducing the need to irrigate and avoids the use of pesticides and fertilizers. 

But … It’s Not Natural!

No Fault Rubber Mulch is an environmentally sustainable product that is non-toxic, organically colored with UV protectors, available in many color options, and is guaranteed not to fade.

Unlike traditional wood chips, rubber mulch does not create dust, decompose, rot, absorb water, displace, or attract insects. Splinters, mold, and susceptibility to freezing are all factors that can hinder the performance of wood mulch. Also, some wood mulch has been treated with chemicals like toxic chromated copper arsenate (also called CCA) to make it more resistant to pests and decay. Talk about yucky!

Rubber Mulch Keeps Little Noggins Safe

Not only is rubber mulch good for the environment, it also makes falls and tumbles on the playground a lot less scary.

According to, falls are the most common type of playground injury, accounting for more than 75 percent of all playground-related injuries. Head traumas, the most dangerous type of playground injury, are frequently caused by falling on an unprotected surface.

Rubber mulch is far more effective in preventing serious head injury compared to “natural” surfacing options (such as pea gravel, sand and wood chips). Things like grass, dirt, and asphalt don’t have the impact-absorbing characteristics to be considered safe for playground use, either.

Our rubber mulch product is ASTM F-1292 compliant, which means it offers superior protection against head injuries.

Other Benefits

Rubber mulch for playgrounds makes an ideal, safe surface for commercial and backyard playgrounds. It also creates surfacing for walkways and is a beautiful complement to landscaping features.

Due to its longevity and low maintenance requirements, rubber mulch is also cost efficient in comparison to other rubber safety surfaces.

Let’s Talk Mulch!

At No Fault, each of our safety surfaces are designed with the health and safety of children in mind. That’s why we can say with complete confidence that, yes, rubber mulch is safe, both for the environment and our kids. Contact a Regional Sales Associate today, and we’ll talk with you about rubber mulch and your vision for your playground.

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