The world's annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today. The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes. (source: www.wrap.org.uk Waste and resources action programme)
Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled. Much of this ends up in the waste stream affecting our rivers, oceans and wildlife.
Currently over 6.6 million tons are used in the recycling industry which also reduces landfill, but there is a long way to go. With this in mind, the recycling industry, with the aid of constantly improving technology, is developing products to give plastic a 'second life' and becoming a force in the introduction of recycled plastic into many major industries.
Recycled plastic has historically been considered functional, but with design teams on board, this material is now considered a first choice and its' benefits often outweigh the more traditional choices of timber and steel.
The splinter-free, rot-proof, maintenance-free and durable nature of this product means that there is no need for cyclical maintenance or major replacement programmes, which result in a considerable economic benefit. In addition, use of the recycled product can help organisations meet their sustainable obligations in their built environment.
Reasons to use recycled plastic for your projects:
- Maintenance free
- Extremely Robust
- Will not rot
- Does not absorb water or bacteria
- Hygienic - easy to clean
- Graffiti resistant
- Difficult to burn
- Toxin free
- UV resistant