Coral Products PLC are a UK plastic’s company. The Company pride itself that we have identified the importance of utilising our resource (plastic), some class this as waste, however we see it as profitable material.

With the on-going investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment coupled with manufacturing products that, whilst light weight, still exceed the term “fit for purpose” places us as a market leader and one to watch (Coral Products Mouldings Ltd Manufacturing Review 2019.)

As part of the group’s investment strategy a new plastics recycling plant has been developed, purchased and installed at the Haydock manufacturing facility. This new plant is now being used to successfully recycle end-of-life bins, boxes, caddies and totes supplied via authorities and on-line tote companies, reducing landfill and enabling the business to become truly part of the 360-degree circular economy.

Changing our approach to design has enabled more innovative designs promoting recycled content has had an impact on reducing raw material purchases, thus reducing material sent to landfill. This approach has placed Coral as a leader in its field.

Our participation with The British Plastics Federation (that contributed greatly to the #Hughswaronwaste documentary,) has supported our innovation and change. Becoming members and joining Operation Clean Sweep supported our endeavours in making that difference.

Many feel very strongly that plastic is a negative, that we should eradicate it, we believe by our contribution and ability to make changes that plastic is a resource, that we can utilise and that behaviours and patterns of us as individuals can make the difference, reusing, reducing and recycling as a circular economy business is essential.

 

Some of the matters highlighted we comment on below.

The documentary states there are 19,500,000,000 pieces of plastic inside UK homes.

The documentary reports and can almost guarantee that a peek inside our kitchen’s or bathroom will reveal a large quantity of plastic. Detergent sprays, milk bottles; shampoo bottles, toothbrushes and shower gels – plastic is everywhere.

The War on Plastic team convinced residents of one road in Bristol to bring out all the single-use plastic in their homes into the street. Researchers then set about counting every single item – and the result was shocking. “Once you start digging it feels endless,” Hugh  Fearnley -Whittingstall said, sifting through people’s belongings.

Collectively, residents on that single street had 7,145 pieces of plastic in their kitchens, 5,241 in their bathrooms, and 3,388 single use items from everywhere else in the home and garden, including DIY materials. In total, researchers counted 15,774 pieces of single-use plastic. Multiply that by the number of households in the UK, and the programme argues that there are 19,500,000,000 pieces of plastic inside UK homes at any one given time.

As a group we create reusable products, that can support the reduction of quantities of plastic within the home. Constant focus on R&D in recycling is enabling the business to create products that can be used time and time again without loss of functionality with the knowledge that they have been manufactured using recycled product that were, at one time, destined for landfill.

“Every single minute of every single day a truckload of plastic is finding its way into the world’s oceans – and once it’s there it sticks around for hundreds of years,” Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

A vehicle pretending to dump plastic into the sea can be seen in the first episode, highlighting the fact that much of our litter finds its way into streams, rivers and oceans. Hugh explained, “What is troubling is that lots of plastic isn’t even visible because over time it has broken down into microscopic pieces and is now passing up the food chain – from fish, to humans.” (documentary series quote BBC.)

Our marketing manager is working with a group of people that look at the quantities of plastic that are entering the ocean, regularly a jar of nurdles can be found in her bag! (Causing havoc in airport security.) Attending beach cleans and encouraging others, taking our products to collect recyclable waste, is something that happens regularly. We are having open discussion’s and supporting  local communities this identifies how we quantify this issue as being important, we are getting out there!

The first episode reports. The rubbish from your bin at home is turning other countries into a “dystopian nightmare”. 

(Image: Credit BBC War on waste)

Many of the councils and local authorities we work with are constantly fighting to find a way to educate. To some it is simple, but others really struggle with how they sort items, often confused, they are seeking a system that can help the individual. Our products and innovative design can support this challenge.

The Greenpeace investigation which discovered that household recycling is not being sorted correctly and, in some cases, finding its way to illegal dumps in Malaysia, we hope has an impact in the right way. The concern with this information is that people will stop, we have already received a message through our website chat, asking: “Why they should bother recycling, if it is being shipped to landfill in Malaysia?”

We want to encourage people to look at the bigger picture and identify that genuine businesses like ourselves that are doing great things and are making change are highlighted.

The documentary will raise a great deal of issues,  as a business we are investing and continue to invest in making change, helping to address the issues raised.

Are we leading the way as a “plastics company with a conscience?”

We know we are.

 

To find out more contact us at sales@coralproducts.com