Lars Laj

LARS LAJ® | Making an eco-friendly playground in 4 steps


Lars Laj

LARS LAJ® | Making an eco-friendly playground in 4 steps

Making an eco-friendly playground in 4 steps

This International Earth Day, it’s important to consider what role eco-friendly playgrounds could play in shaping children's environmental consciousness. They are an excellent space to learn about nature and sustainable growth through play. Here is how to create a sustainable playground that will coincide well with nature and the future of our planet in 4 easy steps

Step 1: Designing with nature in mind

Let’s start with choosing a location that maximizes natural resources- trees providing shade, natural hills, or already existing bodies of water. Every element of the playground should be designed to fit into the surrounding nature without disturbing the local ecosystem. 

Step 2: Environment-friendly materials

Let’s avoid plastic and other synthetic materials that could be difficult to recycle. Materials need to be safe for children as well as the environment. Our equipment is made out of wood that is resistant and durable as well as pleasant to the touch, easy to maintain and repair, and what’s most important - eco-friendly. All the wood used in the production of our playgrounds comes from sustainably grown forests.

Additionally, we offer products with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel certification. It’s a prestigious, internationally renowned Scandinavian reward, that guarantees the highest environmental and quality standard. Obtaining that certificate means our products meet the set of rigorous criteria regarding the choice of materials, production process, transportation, and recycling possibilities. By choosing our products, clients can be sure they are supporting our planet.
An example of a playground using Nordic Swan Eco Label products:

Step 3: Educational playgrounds

Joining playtime with education is crucial in shaping the environmental consciousness of children, Here is how we can achieve that on our playgrounds:

  • Vegetable Garden It enables childrento observe the growth of plants from the roots, to see what is happening underground, it helps to build interest in nature from a young age.
  • Bird Feeder: They allow for bird watching, feeding birds in winter, and recognizing different bird songs, bringing children closer to wild nature.
  • Magnifying glass: This tool gives children the opportunity to closely observe flowers, leaves, and fruits, discovering their structure and beauty.
  • Trash bins: Specially marked for waste segregation, these bins teach children the importance of proper waste management.


Step 4: Surface

Choosing the right surface for a playground is crucial in ensuring both safety and environmental sustainability. Sand and grass are popular options that provide numerous benefits for both children and nature.

Sand: Sand is one of the safest options for playground surfaces, especially under equipment where the risk of falling is greatest. The soft, flexible structure of sand excellently cushions falls, minimizing the risk of injury. Sand is also economical to purchase and easy to maintain. Regular sifting and replenishing ensure the surface remains hygienic and safe for extended periods. Additionally, sand encourages creative play and motor development in children, allowing them to build and dig.

Grass: Natural grass is another eco-friendly option that seamlessly integrates into the natural landscape. Grass is environmentally friendly, helping to regulate temperature and retain moisture in the soil. It is also safe for children, offering a soft and resilient surface that reduces the impact of falls. Maintaining grassy surfaces requires regular mowing and watering, but these efforts are a small price to pay for the benefits of natural greenery.

Both options, sand, and grass, have their place in an eco-friendly playground, where they harmoniously combine safety, comfort, and environmental education. By choosing sustainable surfaces, the playground becomes not only a place for fun but also a venue for learning about ecology and interacting with the natural environment.

An eco-friendly playground is not just a space for play but also serves as an inspiration for children and their families to act in favor of the environment every day. Celebrating Earth Day reminds us that every action, whether big or small, counts towards a sustainable future. It's these daily choices and actions that can lead to significant improvements in our environment.


Order catalog

Let's create an eco-playground together

Our planet is demanding more and more care and respect from us - at Lars Laj we think about its future - after all, the most important thing for us is the WELFARE OF CHILDREN!

promo banner
Order or download   our product catalogue
wooden playground

Do you need a custom-made playground?

We design and manufacture non-standard play area projects. Contact us!

yellow leaf
design lab
two little boys
two little girls

We design and manufacture non-standard play area projects. Contact us!


News list

Playground accessibility for all children, including children with disabilities, is a key aspect that should be considered when planning and implementing such spaces. Creating inclusive spaces promotes the development of social skills and ensures equal access to play. Here are some key points to look out for to ensure maximum playground accessibility.

The playground is an environment that is an important element in the process of children's emotional and social development. This is where toddlers learn to cooperate and communicate, deal with emotions, establish relationships, and develop creativity and independence. When designing a playground, it is necessary to take into account the various factors that can affect this complex development process.   

Education through interactionThemed playgrounds are designed with different professions in mind, offering children early exposure to a variety of life fields.


Our website uses cookies for statistical, advertising and functional purposes. Thanks to them, we can customize the site to your needs. Everyone can accept cookies or have the option to disable them in the browser, so that no information will be collected. Learn how to disable cookies. Ours Privacy Policy