- Lappset Group has been a pioneer in environmental friendliness ever since the company was founded in the 1970s.
- Looking after the environment and supporting sustainable development are integral to Lappset’s quality and business philosophy.
- Environmental considerations are taken into account in product design, and our products are designed to last at least 15 years.
- The long lifespan of our products supports sustainable development.
- Lappset has had an ISO 14001 certified environmental programme since 1988. All of the Group’s production facilities adhere to the programme. The aim of the programme is to minimise the harmful environmental impact of our manufacturing, products and services. We monitor the efficiency of the programme by means of audits, internal inspections and measuring the consumption of materials, energy and water. Lappset abides by all applicable environmental laws, regulations and agreements.
- Our environmental management system is audited by an impartial organisation at regular intervals. The validity of the certificate can be verified on Inspecta’s website.
View the certificate in Finnish.
- Lappset’s products are designed, manufactured, packaged and transported in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. Our use of durable and recyclable materials allows us to minimise the consumption of resources and energy, and emissions attributable to transport.
- The modular structure of our products generates considerable savings in the consumption of wood, production, warehousing and transport.
- Our product development and research are aimed at preventing any harmful environmental effects resulting from our products. The safety of our products is tested in accordance with internationally approved testing methods.
Wood from PEFC™-certified forests
- Lappset’s products are mostly made from Finnish wood, which is a renewable natural resource. Thanks to environmentally friendly preservatives, our wooden components last from father to son, from mother to daughter and from grandparents to grandchildren. Wood is also a recyclable material.
- Our wooden playgroup equipment is made using mainly PEFC™-certified Finnish wood (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme). Lappset has had chain of custody (CoC) certification for wood since 2006. It ensures that all the wood supplied to us has been sourced through legal channels and grown in a sustainable manner. Our PEFC CoC certification, issued by Inspecta, is audited at regular intervals. We keep a record of our timber stock as part of our ISO 9001 quality system, which allows us to trace each assignment of wood delivered to our factory back to its original source. The validity of the certificate can be verified on Inspecta’s website.
Why PEFC and not FSC?
- PEFC is one of the two major global forest certification systems alongside the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). More than half of all the forests in the world, 64%, are PEFC certified, while FSC-certified forests only account for 31%.
- The structure of forest ownership in Finland is different from many other European countries. There are numerous small and large forest owners in Finland, such as private individuals, families, organisations, associations and businesses as well as regional and national authorities. Churches and the Finnish State also own vast areas of forest. Unlike the FSC, the PEFC certification system enables the group certification of forests. The structure of forest ownership in Finland makes the PEFC forest certification system a better option.
- Other benefits of the PEFC system include its transparency, as all forest certificates and the associated data are public.
Carbon footprint of wood
- Wood is an ecological and practical material for playground equipment. Wood is a carbon-neutral material: It consumes the same amount of carbon dioxide while growing as it releases when it is disposed of. Timber felling, sawmills and transport generate some emissions, but the total emissions attributable to wooden playground equipment are extremely small compared to other materials.
- Lappset’s basic products, such as the Finno range and sport products, are made from wood, which is both a renewable natural resource and an ecological choice from the perspective of energy consumption.
Wood preservatives applied in a closed industrial process
- Untreated wood is susceptible to rot. In order to ensure the long life of our playground equipment, we treat our wood using environmentally friendly preservatives in a closed process. This allows us to guarantee that Lappset’s wooden play and sport products have a long lifespan and that they withstand wear as well as different climatic and weather conditions.
- The processes we use to apply wood preservatives, glues and finishes are closed industrial processes, which are not connected to the sewer network. This allows us to prevent harmful substances from entering the environment. All of the substances used in the aforementioned processes are also processed in accordance with regulations. We use a copper-based wood preservative (Tanalith E), which does not release harmful substances. Preservatives extend the useful life (life cycle) of our products from 5 to 15 years.
- The total energy consumption of products treated with preservatives, and emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect, eutrophication and acid rain, are only one third compared to non-impregnated wood.
- All the wood finishes we use, such as paints, are water-soluble.
- We can guarantee the structural safety of our products throughout their life cycle.
- We strive to optimise both incoming and outgoing deliveries. We use transport operators who respect the environment and are able to report on their operations. The majority of our transport operators are large logistics chains. One of the benefits of using large transport operators is that they are always able to fill a whole lorry even if Lappset cannot.
- We always strive to buy products by full container or lorry load. Longer-distance procurement in Finland and export deliveries are primarily made weekly. Only local operators deliver on a daily basis. Our plans also factor in the possibility of rail transport from our factory in Rovaniemi.
- Lappset Group Ltd prioritises company cars with low emissions.
- We are constantly working to lower the volume of landfill waste that we produce.
- Waste from our production process is sorted and reused (cardboard, metal and, most recently, plastic films).
- Hazardous waste is collected as stipulated by regulations and shipped to a waste management plant for disposal.
- Our Rovaniemi factory collaborates with the local energy supplier, which incinerates our clean wood waste. Waste generated by wood processing is recycled at the energy plant, which uses it to provide district heating for households. These and other measures have allowed us to cut the amount of wood we waste considerably, from 15% to approximately 5%. Energy waste generated by wood processing is taken to the Suosiola district heating plant in Rovaniemi, where it is used to heat local homes.
- We recover the heating energy used in our offices. We are systematically looking for ways to cut our energy consumption by maximising the efficiency of our production machinery. We are constantly working with environmental pioneers, such as the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
- We use the national averages of Finland (g/kWh) to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions attributable to our electricity and district heating consumption. We estimate the carbon dioxide emissions from our electricity consumption as 168 g/kWh, which makes our total emissions 312 tonnes. Our CO2 emission estimate for district heating is 224 g/kWh, or 626 tonnes.