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Marmax Recycled Plastic Products


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.

Marmax Products On The Way To Green Glory

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Marmax Products Ltd, based in Stanley, County Durham, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony on November 12, 2018.

As a result of this Green Apple Award Success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.

They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards 2019 and have 100 trees planted in heir name as part of the United Nations Billion Trees Initiative.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

If you know a company, council or community that deserves recognition for its environmental efforts, you can nominate them for a Green Apple Award by telephoning 01392 88 1066.

Award Winning SEN Range Provides Social Inclusion for All

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Here at Marmax Products, we want children to enjoy school life and what better way to do it than with our 100% HDPE recycled plastic outdoor products. We feel that the playground should be an extension of the classroom where children can have fun, no matter their ability.

After working with a Special Educational Needs school, we designed and manufactured our award winning SEN range of products to encourage inclusion, regardless of the capability of the child and to give them the same opportunities as their peers to enjoy outdoor play. All of the products in our SEN range are accessible for both able and less able bodied children so that everyone is able to interact with their friends.

Our pirate ship, village shop and train carriage provide imaginative play, encourages role modelling and role play. The village shop also teaches children simple mathematics, whether it be how many items they have in their basket, how much these items add up to and also how much change is to be given.

We also have picnic benches which come with wheelchair access letting all reflect on their day with friends. And with our SEN potting table, children can join in  growing their own vegetables and plants with ease.

All of our products are maintenance free, do not rot, corrode or splinter and come with a 25 year construction guarantee.

August Product of the Month – Heavy Duty Picnic Bench

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Our most popular product, the Heavy Duty Picnic Bench is a versatile form of seating that will suit any type of environment from pubs, zoos and theme parks to play areas and schools, giving everyone a place to sit and chat to friends or colleagues, or even to reflect on your day and have lunch.

The bench is an A frame design with two benches on either side which can sit up to 6 people at any one time. It is suitable for adults and children aged 7 years and over.

The material used to manufacture the legs of this bench is our strongest material (90x90mm), making the bench very robust, strong and heavy.

The Picnic Bench can come in different colours and can also be manufactured in corporate colours to match the environment they will be situated.

Made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic, the picnic bench is maintenance free, does not rot, corrode or splinter and comes with a 25 year construction guarantee.

The Heavy Duty Picnic Bench can be situated anywhere from the driest of areas to coastal areas and still retain its appearance. It can be kept outdoors all year round, meaning there is no need to bring them indoors throughout the winter months.

The Picnic Bench saves 2,732 milk containers from landfill and our oceans.

You can get 3 of these picnic benches for £949 including free mainland UK delivery*


*Free delivery only applies to Brown, Black, Blue and Green.

*  £45 delivery charge applies to coloured benches.


Back to School-Getting Ready for the New School Year

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The summer holidays are finally upon us. The children are out making new friends, exploring, using their imagination and just having fun.

Here at Marmax Products, we want the children to enjoy all of this at school as well and what better way to do it than with our 100% HDPE recycled plastic outdoor products.

We feel that the playground should be an extension of the classroom where children can have fun and enjoy imaginative play with our Play Boat, Train and Fire Engine, learn simple mathematics with our Village Shop and also make new friends with our Buddy Bench. Our range of Picnic Benches and Game Boards can also help with turn taking, sharing and cooperative play, while our Goal Wall and Balance Beams can help with physical education and getting children fit and healthy.

We design all of our products with the children in mind and want to encourage all types of outdoor play as possible; from a child sitting on a bench reflecting on their day or playing snakes and ladders on our picnic bench, to playing captain on our Play Boat, we want children to enjoy the great outdoors as possible; getting fresh air, getting fit and healthy and, most importantly, having lots of fun with their friends.

How Recycled Plastic Outdoor Products can save you Time and Money!

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Picture the scenario. Outside your school, in your theme park or in your local parish, you have wooden outdoor products which you have to clean, stain and varnish all of the time. What if we told you that with our products, you would only need to clean it once a year! Sound too good to be true?

Marmax Products manufacture outdoor products made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic; the plastic which milk containers are made from. Because of this material, it makes our products virtually maintenance free, they do not rot, corrode or splinter and can withstand the harshest of weathers while still looking brand new. And with our 25 year guarantee, we are certain that our products will last for generations to come.

But what’s in it for you?

When purchasing our products, you are guaranteed to save time. Someone has to take time out of their busy schedule to stain and varnish wooden alternatives, but with Marmax Products, you can choose when you clean them down, This may be once a month or even once a year; all they require is either a wipe down with soapy water or jet washed, meaning that you have extra time to carry out your other jobs. This in turn will save you money as it means that you do not have to employ extra staff to cover the additional jobs that you have not been able to complete. Even if your products become vandalised by graffiti, this can be removed with white spirits, again saving you the time of having to paint them to cover it up.

We pride ourselves on our products, ensuring that you receive the best on the market to help save you time and money. Whether you require our products for a playground, zoo, golf course, fishing lake, school or pub garden, we can guarantee that our products can withstand any environment and still keep its appearance all year round.

Finally, when the product comes to the end of its life, we are able to recycle them back into the extrusion process to manufacture more outdoor products for future generations.

The Benefits Of Using Recycled Plastic

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Playgrounds are arguably the heart of the school. It’s where friendships are made, where social skills are tested and where invaluable lessons are learned. As we know, spending more time outdoors is beneficial for both the child’s mental and physical health, as well as helping with their social skills and even their learning. Therefore, Marmax are keen to encourage schools across the UK to make outdoor education more of a priority.

At Marmax, we use recycled plastic lumber to build all of our furniture and play equipment. We believe that recycled plastic makes the best furniture for playgrounds due to the nature of HDPE plastic, they’re highly durable, making them perfect for the wear and tear furniture receives.

As well as being able to survive the vigorous testing children put our products through, our products can also be left outside all year round. Able to withstand heavy rain, sunshine, wind and even snow, our recycled plastic furniture is perfect for teachers that don’t have the resources to move large furniture and play equipment around daily.

Our furniture and play equipment, all made from recycled plastic, is also maintenance free, and graffiti can be easily removed, making the products look newer for longer. By being robust and maintenance free, not only are the recycled plastic products safer for the children to use, but they also mean that busy teachers don’t need to worry about their upkeep.

Aside from the practical nature of products made from recycled plastic bottles, the products also save thousands of plastic bottles from landfill. By buying recycled plastic furniture, schools are able to save plastic from landfill and help protect the environment and all the animals that inhabit our land and oceans. Our products act as a starting point in the conversations surrounding the importance of recycling, helping to educate future generations and create a greener future.

Giving Your Playground Some Pizazz – Outdoor School Furniture

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Getting children of all ages to enjoy the great outdoors is becoming increasingly challenging. With most children having their own tablets, mobile phones and gaming devices, getting kids playing outside can be a real struggle. However, Marmax Products are here to make this a little easier with their extensive range of outdoor school furniture. School furniture might seem dull, but Marmax’s range of outdoor classroom furniture can brighten even the greyest of days.

Whether you’re just looking for some outdoor school seating, or to create an entire outdoor classroom, Marmax Recycled Products are the ideal school furniture suppliers for your playground.

Should you want to upgrade your play area, Marmax’s recycled plastic play range has a piece for everyone. Marmax’s award-winning SEN play range ensures that no one is left out of fun in the sun, and everyone can laugh, learn and play together.

Should you want to improve your outdoor school seating, Marmax has an extensive range of benches, everything from recycled plastic picnic benches, to outdoor school seating, to their Buddy Bench – a bench designed specifically to encourage friendships.

Marmax’s products are all made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic, so each and every piece of educational furniture saves hundreds, if not thousands, of plastic bottles from landfill.

Marmax Products and the NSPCC

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The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.

The NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe programme is delivered in Primary Schools to children aged 5-11 and gives a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. Pupils are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or to Childline. With the help of mascot Buddy, the child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops help children understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs and know how to protect themselves.

Marmax Products are proud supporters of the NSPCC and we are donating more than £1,000 per year to the NSPCC through the sale of our Buddy Benches. These funds could help facilitate the delivery of the Speak out Stay safe programme in 2 primary schools each year.

Our recycled plastic Buddy Bench provides a safe and appealing space in the playground for children to interact, especially outside their usual friendship groups, regardless of gender, race or special educational needs.

The Buddy Bench is created in a curve design to make conversation easier and to encourage non-verbal communication, such as eye contact and positive body language for those who struggle to form relationships easily.

The Buddy Bench is manufactured to enhance inclusion in schools. The challenge of inclusivity is an ongoing issue and finding a new way of bringing children together and breaking down some of the social barriers they face is the ultimate goal.

Catering for school SEN anti-bullying agendas, our Buddy Bench has been continually well-received, with schools reporting how children have been having more conversations and making new friendships.

Marmax Products and the NSPCC are dedicated to the fight for every childhood.

By working together we can continue to prevent bullying and abuse from happening, help children to build friendships and prevent more children from suffering abuse in the future.

5 Easy Steps for Earth Day

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Sunday 22nd April 2018 was Earth Day, and this year’s campaign is all about raising awareness of the issues of plastic pollution. Here at Marmax, we’ve already saved a quarter of a billion plastic milk containers from landfill by turning them into recycled plastic furniture, however we know that everyone can do more.

Ditch the straws

There was public outcry on Twitter when popular pubs and bars began to go plastic free but with the UK alone estimated to use 8.5 billion straws a year it’s an essential step to combat plastic pollution. If a straw is completely necessary, try a paper or metal one – they all do the same job!

Reusable carrier bag

After the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge in October 2015, single-use carrier bag sales have dropped by 83%. We understand that you can get caught short without a bag for the quick supermarket trips, so just keep a reusable bag in the car.

Bring your own cup

The inner lining of most takeaway cups is made from polyethylene which is not widely recycled. Major coffee retailers now run initiatives where you can get a discounted drink if you bring your own tumbler. Saving the environment while getting discounted coffee – what’s not to love?

Plastic free veg

It frustrates every environmentalist out there, wrapping fruit and veg in plastic. Make a conscious decision to only buy fruit or veg that’s not in a plastic wrap.

Research recycling

We know that a plastic-free lifestyle is hard to achieve so it’s important that you know what can and can’t be recycled. Do research on what your local recycling centre accepts and take it from there.

Just taking these five steps in your everyday life can start to impact our Earth’s future and work towards a cleaner, greener future.

Marmax Recycled Products reach Quarter of a Billion Milestone!

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We’re pleased to announce that we have saved a quarter of a billion plastic milk containers from going to landfill!

By preventing so many plastic bottles from going to landfill, we’re helping to reduce the impact plastic has on our environment. Quite often, plastics (everything from carrier bags, to straws, to plastic bottles) end up being blown into our seas and oceans which is hugely problematic. Marine life is being harmed everyday by the sheer scale of plastic that is in the oceans, so by doing our bit in reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans, we’re helping to safeguard both our oceans and the animals that live there.

Why Plastic Enters Our Oceans

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Can you imagine there being more pieces of plastic in the sea than number of fish?

Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? Every year, 12 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into our oceans, that’s the equivalent of one truck’s worth every minute, and if we don’t change our habits, by 2050 we’ll have more plastic than fish in the oceans. Of the entire world’s plastic waste, only 5% is effectively recycled and around 40% ends up in landfill. So, how does so much waste end up in our fragile ecosystems?

Around 80% of the plastic in the ocean comes from land-based activities, like the carrier bag you threw away, the waste you left on the street or the cotton bud you flushed. Bad habits, alongside poor management at landfill sites, cause plastics to find their way into our drainage systems, rivers and eventually oceans.

Carrier bags dumped at landfill sites can be picked up in a breeze, carried to a nearby river and will eventually end up in our oceans. You can’t usually put them in your normal recycling bin, however, most major supermarkets run collections of carrier bags.

Littering and incorrect flushing of products has a major impact on marine life. Wind and rain carry the waste to drainage systems and rivers which then flow into the sea. Little changes really help, such as holding onto your plastic bottle until you have access to recycling facilities – it also allows companies like us to turn them into something useful (like our award-winning recycled plastic furniture!).

Here at Marmax we’re passionate about changing the future of our planet by recycling plastic bottles into outdoor furniture – we’ve already saved 2.5 billion milk containers from landfill!

The Process of Bottle to Bench

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After the compelling Blue Planet 2 series, and this year’s plastic pollution focused Earth Day, there is a growing concern about plastic filling our oceans and harming marine life. By tossing newspapers, plastic cartons and aluminium cans into the same bin it’s now possible for hundreds of products to be manufactured. So, once you’ve thrown your plastic bottle into the blue bin, what happens next?

Many councils now run a single stream recycling program which means that you can mix your materials and they’ll all end up at a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) to be sorted and cleaned. The waste is tipped onto a huge conveyer belt where magnets, scanning systems and a little bit of physics are used to decipher the newspapers from the tin cans and eventually out the other end come plastics and glass.

An optical scanning system is then used to spot the plastics and a blast of air pushes them into a bin below. They’re then sorted by their resin code, which is the little logo on the back of plastic with a number and chasing arrows. Here at Marmax, we’re interested in the #2 plastics.

Once sorted by resin number, the plastic gets pushed through a shredder to turn it into flake-like pieces which are then baled into a polymer pellet. These plastic pellets are then sent off to companies around the UK who manufacture them into useful products, like plastic timber planks. These planks are then delivered to us so that we can make our award-winning furniture.

When you buy a recycled plastic bench from Marmax you’re saving over 2000 milk bottles from landfill and also investing in a sturdy piece of outdoor furniture that comes with a 25 year guarantee. You’re also helping to work towards closing the loop on recycling, eventually leading to being able to eliminate the need for virgin materials – so do your bit today and pop your plastic bottle in the blue bin.

MRW National Recycling Awards 2018

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Marmax Recycled Products has been shortlisted for the Recycled Product of the Year category at the National Recycling Awards 2018

The finalists for the National Recycling Awards 2018 have now been announced. This year, the calibre of entries was extremely high, demonstrating the wealth of talent and innovation across the sector.

Robin Latchem, Editor of MRW, says:

“Our awards are often the first to highlight innovation and best practice in recycling and waste management and it’s exciting to see previous winners establishing themselves as exemplars of resource efficiency. To celebrate and share in victory on the night is the icing on the cake.”

The winners of the National Recycling Awards 2018 will be revealed on 28 June at London Hilton, Park Lane where the industry elite will come together for a night of recognition and celebration of the sectors achievements.

The Beast from the East is no match for Marmax Benches

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We know you’re probably fed up of hearing about #thebeastfromtheeast, but the freezing temperatures and substantial snowfall has been putting even our products to the test!
When wooden furniture gets damp, the wood absorbs the water and swells, then when the temperatures drops dramatically, the wood cracks and splinters, making the furniture unsightly and even dangerous to use. This doesn’t happen to recycled plastic.
Marmax products are all made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic, meaning the award-winning furniture is rot resistant and will not corrode or splinter, making the furniture not only more resilient to bad weather, but also safer to use. Hundreds of wooden benches across the country will have been broken by the snow, ice and rain we’ve had over the past couple of weeks, but not Marmax’s products.
As well as being able to withstand even the Beast from the East, Marmax furniture also comes with a 25-year construction guarantee and saves hundreds (if not thousands!) of plastic bottles from landfill.
So, whether it’s school playground equipment, outdoor furniture for parks, or dog agility equipment, The Beast from the East is no match for Marmax Recycled Products!
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