Marmax Products on the Way to CSR Glory- 18 Jun 2018
June has been an exciting month for the team here at Marmax Products. We welcomed BBC Radio Newcastle to our factory to do a show on recycling and how our business is helping to make a difference with our fabulous products. We have celebrated World Oceans Day and we have seen many businesses take their first steps into removing plastic straws from their venues. Beach clean ups have been high on the agenda in many coastal towns and it was great to meet so many children who are passionate about recycling and reducing plastic waste at the Glendale’s Agricultural Children Show. After all this we didn't think June could get any better, but it did. We are delighted to announce that Marmax Products have been awarded an International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award in the campaign to find the country’s most caring companies.
The full team here at Marmax Products have been awarded this prestigious award after the work they do with the Dogs Trust, the NSPCC and with schools and community projects. The Dogs Trust receive a 5% return on all their orders of Dog Agility equipment from Marmax Products. The NSPCC also receive a 5% return, but on the sale of all Buddy Benches which are designed to promote friendship. However, it is not just large national charities that benefit from Marmax Products but also many smaller community projects throughout the UK. Many community projects receive prizes and product donations on behalf of the business. We have also focused on driving the message home to schools and businesses about the importance of recycling and the effect it is having on our environment. The new sales brochure was sent out to schools throughout the country and explains the importance of recycling and highlights just how important it is to buy recycled products, this encouraging a closed loop system and reducing the need for new plastic to be produced.
The Marmax Products team competed against more than100 other nominations in the International CSR Excellence Awards 2018, and we will be presented our trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in RADA London on the 16th July 2018. Our paper will also be published in the Global Guide to CSR Excellence so that others around the world can follow our lead and learn from our achievements.
The Benefits Of Using Recycled Plastic- 31 May 2018
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- 08 May 2018
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- 03 May 2018
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- 30 Apr 2018
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.
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!- 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.