The first Kierre® benches in the city of Lahti were placed in a playground. The positive experiences brought the idea to renew the dog park benches as well.
Kierre® benches to the environmental capital of 2021
With the approaching year 2021, when the city of Lahti was to be the environmental capital, the sales manager of Image Wear, Elina Malkamäki decided to pick up the phone and invite Kati Konivuori, the horticulturalist of the city of Lahti to see the Kierre® recycled composite table at the Lahti store of Image Wear. Kati was excited about the idea - the recycling theme of Kierre® furniture suited perfectly for the future environmental capital.
The first benches in the playground
Kati and Elina kicked off the bench project. The wooden benches in one of the playgrounds had suffered many times from vandalism. "When someone finally set the benches on fire, we realized that wooden benches do not last in this park. We decided to try the composite material for the new benches, as we had found it to be durable. In addition to durability, easy cleaning is another advantage: spray paint and stains can be easily removed from surfaces," says Kati.
After a few messages, the suitable bench was found. The Kierre® benches came ready assembled, so installation was easy. The new benches have stayed intact and clean.
Kierre® recycled composite benches also for dog walkers
With the positive experiences came the idea to renew the benches in the dog park as well. Wooden benches had a hard time as jumping platforms for excited dogs. The furry friends sometimes also try to sharpen their teeth on the corners of the benches. The legs of the benches are a "facebook", where the dogs leave messages for their pals. Since recycled composite is both durable and washable, it is a great alternative for dog parks. The material also withstands pressure washing.
Playground benches are traditional benches with a backrest. For the dog park, benches without a backrest were chosen, where you can change the viewing direction and sit whichever way you want. It is nice to sit on a bench and watch the dogs happily frolicking.