At the beginning of 2019, we came up with a unique solution to help tackle the issue of plastic waste littering the globe. Now, 12 months on our award-winning Recycle Bound product has recycled the equivalent of over 30,000,000 plastic straws and is being used not only on driveways up and down the country but also at some of the UK’s leading hotels and attractions.
Recycle Bound is made utilising waste plastic (straws, plastic drink bottles and plastic food packaging) from a plastic recycling point, each square metre of Recycle Bound consists of the equivalent of 3,000 plastic straws. Therefore, if Recycle Bound was laid on a standard 50 square metre drive, the equivalent of 150,000 plastic straws would be recycled in the process.
We were inspired to develop the product after growing increasingly concerned about the devastating environmental impact plastic waste was having on the planet.
It took two years to develop the product and since it was launched, we have already recycled the equivalent of a staggering 30,000,000 plastic straws. Recycle Bound has been so successful it is already winning awards including ‘Product of the Year’ award at the Cornwall Business Awards and runner up for 'Recycled Product of the Year' in the National Recycling Awards. This is something we are incredibly proud of.
Although mainly used on driveways, paths and patios for the domestic market, Recycle Bound has also been used on larger commercial projects such as Cornwall’s Trevornick Holiday Park, Carbis Bay Hotel and at the Eden Project.
At Carbis Bay Hotel near St Ives in Cornwall, the equivalent of 450,000 straws were used in the 150 square metre Recycle Bound pathways leading up to the collection of lodges overlooking Carbis Bay Beach. The work was finished in a day and has a 20 year guarantee.
Trevornick Holiday Park near Newquay is the first holiday park in the world to team up with Oltco in a bid to become more environmentally friendly. As part of a project to upgrade and replace its paths and pool surround, Trevornick Holiday Park’s new surfaces used the equivalent of 3,063,000 straws and is set to use more throughout the year on further works.
To see some more of the Recycle Bound projects we have completed, click here [insert link to projects].
We have teams working across the UK who are all delivering Recycle Bound to create outstanding results for customers. These areas include Cornwall, Blackpool, Bath, Lancaster, Ipswich, Colchester, Northwich Cheshire, Derby, Plymouth, Gloucester, Bournemouth and Liverpool.
We have been thrilled by the response to Recycle Bound. Every member of our team has fully embraced it and it has proved hugely popular with our customers, both residential and commercial. The number of customers who are asking for it to be used on their driveways, patios and paths is growing all the time.
The issue of plastic waste has long been a concern for us here at Oltco, not least because from our base in Cornwall, we see first-hand the impact it’s having on our beaches and wider environment. We are grateful for all the individuals, and companies, who have come on board in a bid to help us tackle the global issue of plastic waste.
Recycle Bound is a totally awesome product which is hard wearing and will last for years and helps rid the world of some of the plastic waste.
At Oltco we never rest on our laurels. It’s in our DNA to innovate and we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the environment. We are now working on another world-first product that will also utilise waste plastic and will be a game changer when it is launched later this year so watch this space!