At ashortwalk, there is no such thing as waste, just opportunity. Opportunity to not just turn the unwanted into pioneering new products but to add value, create a demand and stimulate a market so waste then becomes wanted, needed and economic. From unwanted plastic plant pots, bottles and yoghurt pots to spent coffee and plastic found on beaches; we turn waste into fantastic and durable products for you to use and reuse, time and time again. Please scroll down to learn more.
Recycled coffee cups
Big problems need big solutions. Every day in the UK, up to 8 million coffee cups are thrown away, with less than 1% of these cups thought to be recycled. The main challenge to date has been the plastic film lining the paper cups, which means they are rarely recyclable. But now working with our partners Nextek and Simply Cups we are able to recycle and shred the whole coffee cup and using the strong cellulose fibres of the cup we can bond it with a special resin. This resin is mixed with recycled plastic to create a new material which can be manufactured into a range of new products, from pencils to tables and chairs.
Cups are already being collected and processed and we have started to manufacture new products made from cups for companies such as Pret a Manger and McDonalds.
Recycled spent grain
A common by-product of brewing beer is spent grain, which is usually given to farmers as cattle feed. Imminent legislation however means that this will soon be much harder, so breweries need to find a more sustainable solution. Our Polygrain™ is just that; a polymer made from spent grain and recycled plastic pint glasses. With this we can make products that go directly back into the brewing industry such as trays, pallets, coasters and even ice buckets. This means the once worthless grain has inherent value which enables companies to invest in recycling it. Cheers!
Recycled spent coffee granules
Working with partners around the UK used coffee is collected from participating cafes and dried. Once it is in a dry powder form we can blend the coffee into a recycled polymer, typically recycled coffee cup lids. The aim of the project is to supply cafes and coffee chains with product made from their waste, from table tops to coasters and toilet roll dispensers! Adding value to the used coffee in the form of products drives up demand and makes the collection viable.
Recycled plant pots
Our UK wide Pot to Product scheme is a great example of how a circular economy works. Until now traditional recycling schemes have not been able to recycle pots because the cost of transporting light and often muddy material is often more than the value of the raw material. By designing and making new products from the recycled pots, we’ve been able to add value to the material. As a company, we can buy recycled pot material at 10 times its traditional market value which in turn means it then becomes economic to collect and transport. We use garden centres across the UK to act as collection hubs for the public and next to the collection bins you will find an array of new useful products made from the very same pots.
Recycled yoghurt pots
Used yoghurt pots are collected, cleaned and shredded back down into small flake. We can then melt the flake into new useful products. One of the advantages of using yogurt pots is that they are nearly always white or translucent so we can produce products in a range of colours.
Recycled paper packaging
An interesting professional kitchen grade material made from paper bonded and fused together under high pressure. The result leaves a very high quality durable finish in a range of earthy colours. Each product in the range is food safe, will reduce blunting of knives and is 100% dishwasher safe. We are so confident your chopping board will become a family heirloom we give all boards a lifetime guarantee.
New Recycled polymers
We are currently in the process of developing a range of coastal products made from plastic collected on beaches. There are some great UK wide schemes for beach waste collection ‘the two minute beach clean’ for example, started in Bude Cornwall and we are proud to be teaming up with Terracycle to collect, process and generate new coastal related products. We are also working on projects to recycle materials like car tyres, batteries and bumpers and turn them into great products for you to use.
Did you know?
In the UK we currently recycle 43% of our waste when technically around 90% is recyclable. New products are being made from new, virgin materials whilst tonnes of reusable material is being thrown into landfill. With an ever increasing demand for raw materials due to growth in world population and the decreasing availabilty of natural resources we simply don't get that. Really, we don't.