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September 2018

Do We Really Need to Get Rid of Plastics for Good?

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We all know that plastic waste is a major issue; it’s in our oceans harming the sea life, it’s on our shorelines making it difficult for us to enjoy days at the beach and it is a complete eyesore. It is even ending up on our plates!

There is now going to be a ban on plastic straws and supermarkets and other retailers are going to reduce plastic packaging and go ‘plastic free,’ but there are companies who need plastic, so it can be recycled and made into alternative products, therefore participating in saving the environment, our oceans and the ‘closing the loop’ cycle.

Recently, we have seen Adidas have produced football shirts made from plastic waste, Vivobarefoot are producing shoes from plastic bottles and Marmax Products are manufacturing outdoor furniture and play equipment made from plastic milk containers.

If people took more responsibility with their recycling and was made more aware of what can be recycled, this in turn would help these companies to carry on manufacturing their products which can benefit everyone.

Marmax Products feel that waste should be a resource and not a problem, which is why we use 100% HDPE recycled plastic to manufacture our products. We can produce anything from picnic benches and seating, to play boats and cars, to planters, fencing and boardwalk. Anything that can be manufactured from timber can be made from recycled plastic.

This is why we still need the plastics; so companies can still manufacture their products, help make an impact on the environment and help save our oceans.

Could Teaching Children to Recycle Change the Future?

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We, as adults, know the basics about recycling and what logos to look for on containers to know if it can be recycled. But what if this was taught in schools so that children have the same understanding? Could this potentially change the future of plastic waste?

Teaching children important lessons about recycling in schools, in everyday life and also about environmental issues could change the way children think before they throw away their rubbish.

Before we can even begin to teach the children about recycling, it needs to begin with the adults. If all members of staff, and parents, can lead by example, this will then make it easier for the children to understand.

Making recycling part of teaching in schools does not need to be boring; there are lots of fun activities and projects which can be incorporated into learning that can make the children enjoy recycling.

Recycling Clubs or Councils: Being involved in a club is something that every child enjoys. A recycling club can be an important role for the children to ensure that their peers are putting the correct items in the correct bins. They could also monitor what has been collected on a regular basis and even make a chart of their progress. They may even create games and projects for their peers.

Using Recycled Products in Lessons: Using recycled products in subjects like art and science can also be beneficial to children. By using these products to create sculptures and collages can excite the children, which in turn can then encourage them to use recycled materials around the home; or even collect them to bring to school to use in their next masterpiece. The recycled plastic products can also be used as plant pots, where the children can grow their own flowers or vegetables and monitor their growth as part of any science project.

School Games: Does your school have house teams? Why not get the whole school involved by running a competition to see which house team can recycle the most products.

Contacting your Local Council: Contacting your local council and informing them that you want to begin a recycling program at school can be very beneficial. Councils will be more than happy to work with you and can even help with information for the children as to what can be recycled.

The list of activities is endless of how you can get your children to recycle. By using these methods, this can give children a better understanding of the countless items in schools, around the home and also when they are out and about that can be recycled. This can then be taken a step further by showing the children the current situation of plastic waste in the ocean, the effects this is having on the sea-life and also how we can all help prevent this.

Recycle Week: 24th – 30th September

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With only one week to go until #RecycleWeek, what will you pledge to recycle more of? How will you inspire others to #recycle more?

Blue Planet II has made a massive impact on the way people look at their plastic waste and has motivated them to recycle more than ever before. It is being discussed in every parliament throughout the world; pledging for everyone to make a difference.

Here at Marmax Products, we see plastic waste as a resource and not a problem and have put together a few top tips on how you can reduce waste and recycle more.

  1. If your workplace doesn’t already have one, start a paper recycling scheme at work. Your local recycling organisation might be able to help. Think about what your printing – does it really need to be printed? Keeping digital copies of files not only helps to reduce waste, it can reduce desk clutter too!
  2. Recycle as much as possible. A lot of people will absentmindedly throw away a mouthwash bottle or a carton of juice without checking if it can be recycled –  most bottles you find around the house can now be recycled. Look for the little recycling symbol on the container before throwing it in the general waste bin.
  3. Buy recycled. The essence of recycling is that eventually the need for virgin materials will be eliminated, and less damage to the environment will ensue. By buying a product that is made from recycled material, you are helping to close the loop on recycling. An example of this is Marmax Products. All of their products are made from 100% HDPE #recycledplastic, so not only are they made from recycled material, the products themselves can be recycled when they are no longer needed, thus closing the recycling loop.
  4. Think outside the box. Paper, plastic bottles and glass are becoming increasingly well known for being recyclable, but did you know that batteries are also recyclable? Your local recycling and waste disposal centre, and sometimes even your local supermarket, will have a battery recycling point for you to use.
  5. Reusable is best. When you’re on the morning coffee run, try to remember to take your reusable travel mug with you. 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are estimated to be used every year here in the UK, that creates approximately 25,000 tonnes of waste! Coffee chains, such as Starbucks, offer a discount on your morning coffee if you use a reusable mug, so by making the swap to your travel mug, you can save the environment and save some pennies!

Here at Marmax, we love everything about recycling. Without recycling being an everyday occurrence, we wouldn’t be able to manufacture our furniture, play equipment, dog agility equipment and planters the way we do; so thank you for recycling your milk containers.

Lets make Recycle Week the best yet by working towards a greener, cleaner future together.