Our mission at Playworld Systems is to create safe and healthy environments for children. To that end we committed to eliminate PVC and the associated phthalates from all of our products. No equipment existed to meet our needs, so we developed machines in-house that could automate high-volume, large parts. After months of work and a $2.5 million investment, Playworld Systems succeeded in becoming 99.99 percent PVC-free. After we achieved our goal, we wanted to communicate our sustainability philosophy and find a credible certification program that would help us establish continuous sustainability improvement efforts. We sought out a program with criteria that would benefit the environment and our customers and help guide us in our overall sustainability efforts.