ABOUT OUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Our outdoor range of furniture is made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic; the plastic that is used to make milk containers. The products are maintenance free, they do not rot, corrode or splinter and are ideal to be kept outdoors all year round.
From time to time, there may be white flecks which show in the material. This is due to the HDPE plastic not taking the colourant which is added. Unfortunately there is nothing which we are able to do with this however, we have had a lot of customers who have used this as a talking point about the benefits of recycled plastic and what can be achieved by using this material.
All of our outdoor tables and benches are class 3 fire retardant and fall under ISO14001. They are also part of Made in Britain.
Recycled products must not be seen as second rate, but an equal or better alternative to what is already available, with the added advantage of helping to improve the environment. Our products are excellent examples of this policy in action and can be used in the classroom or playground as examples of recycling in practice. Recycled plastic is better than timber or metal, especially when considering the cost of maintenance, both financially and environmentally.
Recycling plastic transforms rubbish into a high quality product
One bench uses more than the equivalent of 2000 plastic bottles
Recycling reduces the need for landfill sites
Our benches become tangible tools when discussing recycling
For more information see the RECOUP web site www.recoup.org. RECOUP is the national charity developing plastics recycling in the UK, promoting best practices and providing educational and training tools.
Why use recycled plastic?
Recycled plastic is a low maintenance, environmentally friendly and economical alternative to timber. It has the appearance of wood with the advantages of plastic making it the ideal material for outdoor furniture in urban and park environments.
Why is it better than wood?
It does not fade so it keeps its appearance without the need of paint or stain, eliminating expensive labour costs and environmental damage
It cannot rot, so can tolerate damp conditions
It does not absorb water, so resists fungal growth
It is robust enough to withstand the demands of urban situations
Plastic extrusion eliminates splinters
It is very easy to keep clean, especially where hygiene is important
The designs are made from substantial heavy duty recycled plastic that resist graffiti, are difficult to burn and are heavy to move.
Does it come in different colours?
Yes, there is a choice of colours particularly for the children’s playground products. It becomes a bright and cheerful addition to the playground and extends choice when planning a scheme. We have found that offering the children the chance to choose their colour schemes gives them ownership and pride in their surroundings. A school’s identity can be promoted by making benches in the school’s colours
How many plastic bottles does it take to make one recycled plastic bench?
One bench uses more than the equivalent of 2000 plastic bottles.
Will it degrade in acidic turf?
No. The plastic is unaffected by the acid occurring naturally in soil.
How can paint or marker pen be removed?
The majority of paint can be wiped off with thinners, which do not affect the plastic.