Frisbees made from recycled plastic and litter from UK beaches have gone on sale at Marks & Spencer (M&S), with 50p from each £2.50 sale being donated to the Marine Conservation Society.
The Beach Clean Frisbee is made from recycled litter including plastic cups, fishing tackle and bottle tops.
Some of the plastic was collected by M&S customers and staff at last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up volunteer event.
The frisbee coincides with the launch of this year’s Big Beach Clean-Up, which will clear 140 UK beaches and canals. Last year saw 30 tonnes of litter collected from the event.
Mike Barry, director of Plan A, M&S’ environment and ethical programme, at M&S, said: “We’ve managed to transform waste, taking it off beaches where it threatens marine life, into a brand new product that is fun for our customers and raises money for MCS’ on-going work to protect our seas. That’s Plan A in action, a volunteer event that engages customers, saves precious raw materials and gives back to charity – all with a business case behind it.”
Axion Polymers processed a total of 88kg assorted plastics collected from six UK beaches in last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up organised by the Marine Conservation Society and Marks & Spencer, which has been used in their Beach Clean Frisbee.
Axion director Keith Freegard commented: “We applaud M&S for their efforts. Plastic from litter back into new products is clearly an interesting approach, yet it’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the massive opportunity that exists to use recyclates from all sources – be that end of life products from waste disposal points or collected litter – in new consumer goods.
“Reduction in littering is a key issue, but just as important is the need for a wholesale shift to a circular flow of materials based around a strong UK economy where all plastics used for products are captured, efficiently reprocessed and reused for manufacturing new ones.”
Keith added: “We look forward to a future where more than 75 percent of retailers’ products contain over 75 percent recycled content from materials captured and manufactured within the UK and Europe.”
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