June 2022

From Beach to Bench: DCW Polymers transforms beach clean litter into recycled plastic bench for Kenn C of E Primary School

Year five and six pupils from Kenn C of E Primary School collected over several bags of litter during a beach clean which will now be transformed into a recycled plastic bench for their playground.

DCW Polymers partnered with Keep Britain Tidy’s Ocean Recovery Project, supported by South West Water, to organise the beach clean in Exmouth. The clean was set-up to give local school children a valuable lesson in recycling and the dangers plastic litter can have on the coastal landscape and its wildlife.

After a short talk on safety and ocean plastic by Ocean Recovery Project Manager Neil Hembrow, the children grabbed their beach cleaning kits and set off to collect as much litter as possible from Exmouth’s famous golden sands.

By lunchtime, the young environmentalists had collected several bags of litter from the popular East Devon beach which welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Helping the pupils understand the value of a circular loop when it comes to waste, DCW Polymers has taken the collection to its specialist plastics reprocessing plant in Exeter.

Over 20kgs of marine plastic waste, which includes the children’s collection, will go into the making of a DCW Polymers’ recycled bench alongside other recycled plastic waste. The material will be shredded into granules and melted and moulded into posts and planks to create the Torbay bench style. This backless contemporary bench will be donated by the Ocean Recovery Project and DCW Polymers to Kenn C of E Primary School as a thank you for the pupils’ hard work in cleaning up their local coastline.

Neil Hembrow, Ocean Recovery Project Manager, commented: “It was a pleasure to partner with DCW Polymers to invite the children of Kenn C of E Primary School on a beach clean. We started our recycling adventures with DCW Polymers over seven years ago and it’s fantastic to be involved in a new innovative project that gives back to the community.

“Exmouth is one of the most popular beaches in our region thanks to miles of golden sand and its glistening waters, perfect for swimming and a whole host of watersports. It’s wonderful that the children were so enthusiastic about helping us clean up the beach and learn about the circular economy.

“I was very impressed with their positive attitude and enthusiasm for the task ahead. It’s this generation that can have a huge positive impact on our planet. We hope the children enjoy their new recycled plastic bench!”

DCW Polymers has a historic link with Kenn C of E Primary School as the Managing Director’s daughters both attended the primary school. DCW Polymers hope to partner with even more schools in the future to clean up the South West’s coastline.

Jason Goozee, Head of DCW Polymers, commented: “As a Zero to Landfill recycling company which strives to encourage others to protect the environment in which they live and operate in, it’s important to us to participate in community projects like this one. Educating and inspiring the next generation is the key to ensuring our environment doesn’t suffer any more damage in the years to come.

“We were keen to use the plastic waste the children collected in the making of one of our Torbay benches to show the pupils how waste can be given a new lease of life. The potential waste has is incredible and that’s what we aim to prove, diverting as much waste away from landfill as we possibly can and turning it into new products.”

DCW Polymers, leading South West plastics recycling and reprocessing plant, partnered with Keep Britain Tidy’s Ocean Recovery Project to run this beach clean. Launched  by Keep Britain Tidy, the Ocean Recovery Project was launched to help volunteer groups to recycle beach litter after it completed 1,200 beach cleans of its own. To date, the Project has recycled over 60 tonnes of material from the South West.

For more information on the Ocean Recovery Project, visit www.keepbritaintidy.org and for more information on DCW Polymers, including its recycled furniture range, visit www.dcwpolymers.co.uk or call 01392 535353.

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Recycled Furniture arrives at The Cottages at Blackadon Farm

The Cottages at Blackadon Farm are the perfect getaway in South Devon, with beautiful beaches and attractions close by. The multi-award-winning holiday rentals command an impressive outlook over Dartmoor National Park to the rear and sweeping views across the South Hams that are breath-taking to the front.

Recycled Plastic Furniture at Blackadon Farm
Recycled Plastic Furniture at The Cottages at Blackadon Farm

Award Winning

The self-catering accommodation has been designed to a first-class standard; luxurious features provide guests the best experience for making memories, as an individual or a group of up to fifty! Established in November 2019, in just a few short years their exceptional service has won them more than 6 tourism awards, where they were up against other businesses within the sector that span across Devon, Cornwall, the Scilly Isles, Dorset, Bristol & Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire! Three of those awards being gold, and the remainder all silver, with one congratulating them for being an ‘Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Business’.

Eco-Friendly Business

As part of their commitment to living more sustainably, the owners have invested in solar panels to improve electrical consumption; use water supplied by a natural spring, have a private woodland which sustains an array of natural wildlife.  They even employ miniature donkeys to help cut the grass!

They use 100% recycled British wool blankets, as well as a range of eco-friendly, ethically sourced, furnishings and fittings throughout their cottages. The Cottages at Blackadon Farm offer a high-quality service, and proudly support a variety of local businesses, providing guests with information and special offers for activities and days out within the South Hams, and neighbouring districts.

100% Recycled Plastic Dartmoor Bench at Blackadon Farm
100% Recycled Plastic Dartmoor Bench at The Cottages at Blackadon Farm

Anything they can get locally, they do, and although they advertise as self-catering, they can organise snack foods, packed-lunches and cooked meals; depending on your preference, this can be delivered warm or oven ready. This is provided through a partnership with Dartmoor Larder who offer a bespoke catering service, using fresh, seasonal, and home-grown organic produce, exclusively prepared to suit your individual needs, and delivered at a mutually convenient time.

Dartmoor Larder Picnic
Dartmoor Larder Picnic at The Cottages at Blackadon Farm

Recycled Furniture at The Cottages at Blackadon Farm

Earlier this year they were in the market for updating their existing outdoor seating and picnic areas. So, after coming across our attractive, 100% recycled range, and taking in to account the benefits of using recycled plastic; that includes the fact it will not rot or rust, is weather resistant and completely maintenance free, they were keen to incorporate DCW Polymers’ environmentally conscious, durable outdoor furniture within the grounds.

As part of DCW Polymers’ commitment to lowering carbon emissions, we plant a tree for each piece of furniture we sell; an oak tree for our larger pieces and a willow tree for the smaller items. Therefore, the Cottages at Blackadon Farm have contributed to the planting of 5 oak trees and 9 willows, that’s a total of 14 trees!

What do they think of our Recycled Furniture?

“Our guests are loving DCW Polymers’ recycled plastic furniture. When we tell them it’s made using plastic from around the area, they love it even more. Being sustainable is a core part of our ethos at The Cottages at Blackadon Farm. We demonstrate this to guests by using solar panels, use our own spring water supply, have initiatives that reduce energy use such as LED lighting, implemented measures to improve local nature and biodiversity, source responsibly and support local businesses. Working with DCW Polymers has allowed us to become even greener and now have a great product that can be used all year and will last for years.”

Marcus Bailey, Co-Owner, The Cottages at Blackadon Farm

To order a piece of your very own outdoor recycled furniture, call 01392 535353 or email [email protected] 

The Cottages at Blackadon Farm

The Cottages at Blackadon Farm are a marvellous place to relax in complete luxury. There are 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10-bedroom, dog-friendly cottages – the majority benefiting from en-suite facilities; they are furnished with super-fast Wi-Fi, smart TVs, and coffee machines. To the rear of the cottages is a large, heated barn equipped with comfy seating. There are a choice of games  suitable for either the kids, or simply the young at heart; and there are several great outdoor spaces whether you want to hide away, get together or picnic in.

To book a stay call Ryan or Marcus on 01752 897034, or call or WhatsApp on 07387 779848 / 07765 181799 or Email: [email protected]

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