County Durham based company, Marmax Recycled Products, manufactures outdoor products made from 100% recycled plastic; the material commonly used to make milk containers. They manufacture everything from picnic benches and seating, to play equipment, fencing and boardwalk, and even dog agility equipment. They cater for all ages and their award-winning Special Education Needs range ensures everyone from all walks of life can enjoy their products.
Because all their products are made from 100% recycled plastic, they are helping to save the planet by preventing this type of plastic from going to landfill or ending up in our oceans, a topic which is high on the agenda for everyone. So far, Marmax Recycled Products have saved approximately a quarter of a billion milk containers from landfill and our oceans. They have also won numerous awards, including the prestigious Green World Award for their commitment to environmental best practice as well as being Green World Ambassadors for five consecutive years.
Millions of people have seen the Blue Planet II series and also watched on the news the devastating effects that plastic waste is having on our planet. Every minute of every day, at least one truck load of plastic waste is dumped in our oceans.
Our oceans and the sea life in it are a vital source to everyday life. 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by plants that live in the seas. The oceans are fundamentally tied to our health and livelihoods….but plastic waste has our oceans on the brink of disaster.
Unfortunately, the most dangerous plastic is the microbes; plastic which has broken down into tiny particles. This type of plastic is being eaten by fish and other forms of sea life and is sadly ending up on our plates.
Devastating images are posted across the web every day of fish swimming through plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge patch of plastic waste which stretches from Japan to Hawaii. We have seen seahorses clinging onto plastic cotton buds, turtles being stuck in plastic can rings and most recently, a whale that was found to have approximately 29kg of plastic in its stomach.
However, this can be salvaged if people know how to recycle their waste properly and make recycling at home, and in the office, a priority. To help minimise the damage plastic plays on the environment, it’s necessary to address all aspects of plastic production. There are three components of the recycling loop. These are:
- The collection and processing of the recycled plastic waste
- Using this plastic to manufacture a new product
- The end user buying the recycled plastic product
As there is an increasing pressure on businesses and businesses and individuals to only use resources that can be recycled, many companies in the food and drink industry are now banning single use plastics. Some of the most common single use plastics are drinking straws, cutlery and stirrers. In a recent news article, Sky announced they are teaming up with the Premier League to ban these from football stadiums. The banning of single use plastics in popular and high-traffic places like football stadiums and event venues should prevent thousands, if not millions, of plastic items being manufactured, used once and sent to landfill.
Marmax Recycled Products want to make sure they’re playing their part, helping to close the recycling loop and make waste a resource and not a problem. To do this, the award-winning company manufactures maintenance free, highly durable recycled plastic outdoor products that will last for a minimum of 25 years. And that’s not all, once the product has come to the end of its life, it can be put back into the recycling process and become brand new products for generations to come.