A whole new spin on plastics recycling

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Published: April 28, 2014 9:46 am ET
Updated: April 28, 2014 9:52 am ET

Image By: Marks & Spencer British retailer Marks & Spencer created its Beach Clean Frisbees with a recycled content that includes waste collected from U.K. beaches.

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Topics Sustainability, Consumer Products, Recycling

British retail giant Marks & Spencer has launched Beach Clean Frisbees, a flying disc made from recycled plastic, some of which was collected on beaches on the United Kingdom.

The Frisbees retail for 2.50 pounds ($4.21) each, with 50 pence (84 cents) from each sale going to the Marine Conservation Society.

Mike Barry, director of Plan A, M&S' environment and ethical program, 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.”

Two U.K. firms supported the project: Axion Polymers, a recycling specialist based in Salford, England, transformed the litter into product-grade recycled plastic, and Make a Material Difference, based in Leicester, created and manufactured the product.

Marks & Spencer says that at least 10 percent of the recycled plastic came from a volunteer effort by its employees and customers to clean 300 kilometers of U.K. beaches last year. The discs were part of a trial to determine if the material could be used, the companies and volunteers segregated, cleaned and reprocessed the plastic from six beaches into a production-ready recycled plastic.


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