Nature of Early Play – High Quality Materials

We are recovering yesterday's plastics for today's play™!

Focusing on this generation - and the next - we engineer our playground products to be low-impact environmentally, safe, and enduring with the use of reclaimed plastic and stainless steel.

Recycled Structural Plastic™

Nature of Early Play Recycled Structural Plastic

Recycled Structural Plastic™ “RSP”

Through the exclusive use of post-consumer and post-industrial plastics we prevent millions of pounds per year of plastics from entering a landfill.  RSP is 85% recycled plastic by weight.  With a minimum of 30% of the formula for RSP is now comprised of our internal scrap 30%,  post-industrial milk jugs, and Clorox bottles 30%  and 30% milk jugs. plastic preventing waste from entering the landfill.

We use over 100,000 pounds of internal scrap to produce beautiful new shades of RSP. We’ve added Slate and Mist to the RSP color palette in addition to our standard Chocolate and Latte.

RSP is used for all our upright posts in 4″x 4″ and 6″ x 6″ and in the framework for all decking and platforms.


New & Improved Formula:

  • Increased structural strength
  • Increased rigidity
  • Increased thermal stability

Amazing RSP Benefits:RSP Benefits Nature Of Early Play Small Child Playgrounds

  • Low maintenance
  • Graffiti resistant
  • Will not rust, splinter, split or de-laminate
  • Color throughout plastic – no fading or chipping
  • Resistant to marine borers, termites, fungus, salt and oils
  • Textured walking surfaces for safety - SureStep™ Decks
  • Additional Stainless Steel reinforcement as needed
  • 100 Year Warranty on Posts and vertical structural members
  • 100% BPA, Phthalate and “soft” PVC free
  • Provides a life lesson to kids about good use of resources!

​RSP Applications:

  • Structural members (posts)
  • Decking & Platforms
  • Steps
  • Railings


Environmentally Friendly Playgrounds

SureStep™ RSP™ Decks:

This slip-resistant ridged RSP™ deck-board is our proprietary design for increasing friction and reducing falls so children can walk and run confidently on our products. The ridges also make the decks cooler to the feet with less direct sun contact.

So is plastic really environmentally friendly?


We purchase industrial and consumer waste and prevent it from reaching landfills by recycling over a million pounds of plastic yearly! All Nature of Early Play products is made from recycled materials - primarily from post-consumer recycled HDPE plastic. 80-95% of an entire play structure is made of recycled materials.

Learn more about RSP Advantages.


SureGrip™ Metal ComponentsSureGrip Metal Components

  • Allied Steel Triple Coat Finish then Zinc galvanized Inside & outside
  • “Wrinkle ” powder coated to increase friction and reduce falls
    - Electromagnetically "baked-on" powder coating
    - Provides lasting color
    - 5 – 6 times longer corrosion free
  • Stainless Steel welds
  • Total Stainless Steel components available for sites near salt water
  • Steel has 30 - 95% recycled content


We powder-coat our climbers and sliders with a uniquely strong and textured surface “wrinkle coat” to increase friction and reduce falls. Nature of Early Play is the only playground manufacturer currently using this slip-resistant powder coat. Steel pipe is used in all metal climbers, overhead climbers, ladders, and railings.

Smooth Stainless Steel Welds:

Welds are especially vulnerable to rusting due to paint chipping off and revealing raw steel beneath. But, we replaced our welding wire with Stainless Steel wire, and require our welders to create super-smooth welds, preventing jagged edges susceptible to chipping. This protects children from cuts while preventing rusting in the process! Stainless Steel welds and plates have a 60% minimum recycled content.


Stainless Steel Hardware & Attachment Plates: SureGrip Metal Components


Rust-proof Stainless Steel hardware and attachment plates are standard on all Nature of Early Play equipment - features unmatched in the playground industry. We even offer a complete Stainless Steel upgrade for all metal on the entire structure - the solution for coastal environments where salt-spray disintegrates galvanized steel and corrodes aluminum very quickly.


EcoColor Plastic:

  • High-Density Polyethylene with UV protection
  • Signboard with duo colors is used to created contrasting graphics
  • Industry-standard non- scratch orange peel texture
  • Sheet plastic scraps are internally reclaimed and comprise 30% of RSP formula


Roto-Molded Plastic:

  • LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)
  • UV 8 additive to prevent fading

Due to the characteristics of Roto-molding only UV Stabilized virgin plastics (LDPE) may be used to manufacture structurally-sound Slides, Tunnels, Roto-molded Climbers, Panels and Roofs (e.g. Mountain Climber, Rotating Panels parts, Casa Grande Roof).

Infant Flooring Material - Cloud!

We are pleased to present a new flooring material for 2020 called Cloud in a soft neutral grey. Cloud coordinates beautifully with our RSP deck frames.

This innovative material will be featured on all of our Infant playsets and on rock wall climbers.

The rubberized texture is gentle to infant feet and knees, while it helps to prevent slips. The sheet also flexes under pressure, providing a friendlier feel. So, if little ones do take a tumble, the fall won’t be quite so traumatic.

In addition to using it for flooring, we will incorporate the new material into our Rock Wall Climbers. The textured surface provides climbers with a better grip. Rock handles stay firmly secure without spinning.

Caregivers will love the non-porous, washable surface as well. Any messes can be easily hosed off.