Marmax Recycled Products reach Quarter of a Billion Milestone!- 19 Apr 2018
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- 16 Apr 2018
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- 09 Apr 2018
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- 28 Mar 2018
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- 05 Mar 2018
Ocean Waste - How we can make it a thing of the past!- 27 Feb 2018 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 pollution has our oceans on the brink of disaster!
New Colour Options for 2018!- 16 Feb 2018
Marmax Recycled Products are excited to announce that as of 2018, we are offering new colour options on our products!
The new purple and orange colours sit alongside our already extensive colour list. Marmax Recycled Products are available in everything from the boldest of blues, through to elegant grey.
Whether you’re looking to brighten up your playground with our award-winning Buddy Bench, or add some colour to your outside seating area, adding a splash of purple to your furniture is a sure-fire way to bring in the spring in style.
Alongside the new purple option, Marmax are also adding orange to our products. This warm colour is perfect for sitting back and enjoying the sunshine summer brings.
If you’re looking to refresh your playground, education facility, golf course or outdoor seating area, why not help the environment, and buy recycled?
From Playgrounds to Potatoes – Marmax have you covered!- 22 Jan 2018
2018 - What are your New Year's Resolutions?- 09 Jan 2018 Here at Marmax, we love that ‘New Year’ feeling. It’s a fresh start and the perfect time to set some new goals for the year ahead. We thought we’d share some of our resolutions to try and give you a little inspiration, should you need it.
Marmax Recycled Products Supports NSPCC- 29 Nov 2017
Marmax Recycled Products are delighted to announce that we are working with the UK's leading children's charity, the NSPCC.
We have pledged to donate over £1,000 per year to help fund the NSPCC in their efforts to keep children safe, healthy and happy.
The Buddy Bench was designed as a 'safe space' for children to bond with one another and help form friendships regardless of race, religion, background or friendship ggroup. On top of this, the Buddy Bench is made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic saved from landfill here in the UK, helping to protect the environment from further damage.
Marmax Recycled Products are proud to be specialist manufactures in recycled plastic furniture, based here in Stanley, County Durham. We produce everything from dog agility equipment, benches and playground equipment, to fencing and planters. All of our products are maintenance-free, don't rot, corrode or splinter, and come with a 25-year guarantee.
Why not check out our award-winning Buddy Benches, and help support this great children's charity?
Key Advantages of Using Recycled Plastic Furniture.- 20 Nov 2017
Marmax Recycled Products' Work is Award-Winning- 26 Oct 2017 Marmax Recycled Products has had a hugely successful few months. As well as continuing to innovate new products and produce durable furniture, we’ve also seen local, national and global award successes.
Buddy Bench receives prestigious award.- 10 Oct 2017 Marmax Recycled Products have won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.
#RecycleWeek- 29 Sep 2017 It’s coming to the end of #RecycleWeek, so we thought we’d put together a few top tips on how you can reduce waste and recycle more.
Celebrating the fabulous Lorraine Lapping- 19 Sep 2017
In 1977 when Lorraine Lapping first joined Grant’s, she didn’t imagine she would last very long. Her Mum worked in the packing department for Samuel Grant and Lorraine had just left school. With only a Saturday job to talk about, her Mum was keen to help her get into full time work, and saw an opening arise at Grant’s for an office junior. Lorraine went for the interview, more to please her Mum than anything else, and Douglas Smith offered her the job there and then.
SEN Recycled Plastic Pirate Ship – Product Focus- 12 Sep 2017
Going back to school can be daunting for some children. Whether it’s struggling with the homework or struggling to make friends, Marmax understands that for some, being back to school is not plain sailing.
Understanding this is what helped to inspire the creation of our SEN range. Our SEN Recycled Plastic Pirate Ship is one of our favourite pieces from the range. As with all of our products, this ship is made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic, making it maintenance-free as well as not rotting, corroding or splintering. This, combined with the anti-slip coating, makes the Pirate Ship perfect for the playground come rain or shine.
Our SEN furniture range is award-winning and encourages children and adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to play, laugh and learn together. The Pirate Ship comes with a mast, sail, exterior graphics and even has a moveable ship’s wheel, so children can experience what it’s like to be at the ship’s helm. By encouraging interactive play and group social activities, the SEN Recycled Plastic Pirate Ship helps children to develop their social skills in a calm and playful environment.
Contact us today to find out more.
On The Way To Green Glory…- 11 Aug 2017
Marmax Recycled Products are extremely proud to announce that we have won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.
Product Focus – Bistro Planter- 01 Aug 2017
Marmax Product Focus: Recycled Plastic Traditional Three Seat- 21 Jul 2017
It may be one of our oldest favourites, but here at Marmax we’re proud of one of our most popular seating products – so much so that we’ve been introducing new colour options to keep things fresh!
Available in a range of colours including brown or green for a classic look in the garden, or in rainbow as an exciting primary school option, the Recycled Plastic Traditional Three Seat is customisable to suit any location.
Because of this, the bench is also popular as a memorial product – where adding a commemorative plaque turns the seat into a lasting tribute to a loved one.
Made from sturdy, 100% recycled plastic, the seat is weatherproof, splinter-proof, maintenance-free and will hold its colour in spite of the summer sun.
You can find more information on the Traditional Three Seat on the link below, or by contacting Marmax on 01207 283442.
Marmax’s Community Efforts Recognised- 17 Jul 2017
On Friday the 14th of July, some of the Marmax team headed to Wynyard Hall in the Tees Valley to attend the North-East Employee of the Year Awards 2017. The awards began with a lovely drinks reception followed by a dinner and the awards ceremony itself. Rubbing shoulders with other passionate North-East businesses and celebrating the talent and wealth of employees across the region made for an amazing night.
As well as enjoying the glitz and glam of the event, Marmax Recycled Products are happy to announce that we were awarded runner-up in the ‘Making A Difference In The Community’ award, for which we are hugely grateful. Having an organisation recognise the work we continue to do in our local community and throughout the North East, is something we’re extremely proud of.
Winning ‘Runner Up’ in this award was the highlight of an all-round amazing evening. Marmax would like to say a huge thank you to both the North-East Employee of the Year awards for hosting the evening, and to our loyal and continually growing customer base for giving us this platform that allows us to give back to our community. We are proud of our work to date and will continue to make caring for our community a priority as the company continues to grow.