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The story of a material that's lost its way in the world

The story of a material that's lost its way in the world

Let's take you on a journey. It's not a pleasant journey, but it could be if we changed our mindset.

You're standing on the beach. The sea is lapping around your feet. Suddenly, something hits your foot. Then more things begin to hit you. You look down, and you're in a pool of plastic waste.

Unfortunately, this is a commonoccurance throughout the world. 14 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans ever year. 50% of this waste is single-use plastics, and only 9% has ever been through the recycling process. We're witnessing melting polar ice caps, higher temperatures during winter months, and animals losing their habitats.

Plastic waste is known to be the worst product on the planet, but what is we told you that it's just a material that's lost its way in the world?

What is the importance of plastic waste?

Plastic waste has a bad reputation for harming marine life and the environment and taking over 450 years to decompose, but can serve a purpose. Plastic waste creates a closed-loop system since most of it can be recycled and made into new products.

Over recent yearsm we've seen more brands manufacturing their products from plastic waste - Adidas and Puma have created more sports ranges made from plastic waste, and Rothy's have created a range of handbags made from ocean plastic. At Plastic Furniture Company, we manufacture outdoor furniture, bins, lockers and planters using the same plastic waste.

As they are made of recycled materials, rotationally moulded PFC products stand up to even the harshest weather conditions while still looking brand new. As a result of using this plastic waste to manufacture products for all, they are helping to save the oceans and, therefore, future generations. We need to nurture our planet so that our children and grandchildren can appreciate mother natre and the environment around them as much as we do.

So, how has plastic waste lost its way, and how can we begin to appreciate it?

Here at PFC, we see plastic waste as a resource and not a problem - and here are some reasons why:

  • Products made from recycled materials support circular economy principles - Design out waste pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems. Therefore we need to reduce, reuse and recycle so we meet circular economy principles and prevent single-use plastics from entering landfills.
  • Manufacturing products from plastic waste can save you time and money - most businesses spend a lot of their budgets on maintenance, which includes staining, varnishing and cleaning timber products. With products manufactured from recycled materials, the products do not rot or corrode, therefore saving you time and money. Products made from recycled materials don't need as much maintenance and require little or no cleaning; if they become dirty, they can be cleaned down with a cloth or hosed with a jetwash.
  • Products made from recycled materials have a longer lifespan - plastic waste takes over 450 years to decompose, and even then, it doesn't completely disappear. So, manufacturing products made from recycled materials means that the product should potentially last forever. It will also save businesses money as they'll never have to replace products made from recycled materials, leaving money in the budget to spend on other projects.
  • Most importantly, it helps save the planet - purchasing products made from recycled materials means you're committing to any climate emergency agendas, preventing more plastic waste from entering our oceans and helping to save the planet.

We don't need to hate plastic waste, but see it as a recyclable material that's just lost its way in the world.

All councils throughout the UK have different 'rules' on what can and can't be recycled, and this can be very confusing for may households when it comes to disposing of their plastic waste in the correct bin. If councils adopted the same approach and created general recycling guidelines, whereby everyone can recycle the same products, then this can increase the recycling rate throughout the UK; we can see plastic waste as a potential resource instead of a problem and prevent it from getting lost again.

Here at Plastic Furniture Company, we pride ourselves on using recycled materials and plastic waste in the right place by providing outdoor furniture, bins, lockers and planters throughout the UK and Ireland for everyone to enjoy. It shows we don't need to be afraid of plastic waste; we just need to know how to use it and prevent it from ever getting lost again.

For more information on our products, contact our sales office on 0191 495 0772 or or alternatively, visit our website

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