If you’re one of the legions of people that spend countless hours each spring sanding, staining, oiling or varnishing their outdoor furniture, you’ll be the first to admit that plastic has got its attractions.
Even if your furniture is FSC certified you’ll never get those hours back!
But with so much media attention currently focused on the downside of plastic you may need convincing. Well, meet one thriving South Hams business that believes plastic is definitely NOT a dirty word.
‘It all depends on where it’s come from and what it’s going to be used for,’ says Elliott Myatt, Director of The Plastic Company based at Torr Trade Park between Kingsbridge and Totnes. These factors are key to the Company’s success.
Much of the recent media coverage has rightly homed in on the hazards of single-use disposable items and packaging progressively clogging our seas and waterways, and thereby posing a serious threat to wildlife. One of the main drivers of public outrage is that many of these products have viable biodegradable alternatives.
However, the same durable characteristics of plastic which are fuelling public concern are what makes it such a valuable material for long-term outdoor use.
The Plastic Company specialises in providing top notch outdoor furniture, building and landscaping materials for both domestic and commercial use. From benches, planters, play equipment and decking planks to sleepers, fence panels and palisades - anything wood and concrete can do, plastic can do as well if not better.
‘Plastic is extremely versatile and has the advantages of being long-life, maintenance free and resistant to oils, alkalis, acids and seawater,’ says Elliott. If these facts alone aren’t enough to win you over, then consider this:
All of these items and more are made from high quality recycled, post- consumer and 100% recyclable plastics!
Take the ‘Calero’ table and bench set, for example. This modern minimalist cube design is made from post-consumer/100% recycled and recyclable plastic and can be purchased in grey, brown or black. It’s durable, weather-resistant, splinter free and maintenance free, and items can be bought separately or as a set.
If, on the other hand, you’re still leaning towards wood, check out the Company’s beautiful FSC certified ‘Hutton’ range of benches, bench sets, tables and chairs.