Marlow Ropes, the world leading leisure marine rope manufacturer officially announces the introduction of its latest ‘technically better’ environmentally conscious innovation; the Blue Ocean Dockline made using 100% recycled waste plastic bottles.
Every day more than 16 million plastic bottles end up in landfill in the UK alone, and this latest innovation from the pioneering UK rope manufacturer uses their engineering expertise to make an environmental difference; through the development of a high quality premium Dockline rope made using 100% recycled plastic bottle yarn. Reusing, repurposing and recycling are key areas of Marlow’s environmental policy and this latest product development aims to highlight the importance of these actions to help reduce marine plastic pollution.
As a manufacturing company within the marine industry, Marlow knows only too well about the impact that plastic materials can have on the environment and ensures that their impact is kept to a minimum, as managing director Jon Mitchell explains: “Like many progressive organisations, we are extremely conscious of our environmental impact and ensure that both our manufacturing and waste management systems are in line with our environmental policy which reinforces our recycle, reuse and repurpose education mission. Our ropes are made to the highest of standards using quality materials such as Dyneema® which is well known for its green strength, and whilst they are made from plastic polymers, they are not single use items and we equip our customers and end users with technical knowledge to help maximise the rope’s performance and extend their life so that as little of them as possible end up in landfill or as marine litter.
When the ropes do eventually need replacing, there are a variety of ways that rope can be re-purposed and we encourage this as much as possible by sharing tips across our website and social media channels.”
Marlow’s commitment to recycling, reusing and repurposing starts from the very beginning and is monitored through their waste management systems: “All our manufacturing waste yarn is recycled where it can be, and this currently includes HMPE, Polyester, Nylon and Aramid fibres. Off-cut ropes are donated to local schools and animal charities, and we have recycling policies across all other waste materials such as cardboard, wood and metal.”
With this commitment to recycling it comes as no surprise that Marlow have found a solution that combines the over-use of single use plastics with the need for high quality marine equipment built to last. “When we found out about the astonishing quantities of plastic bottle waste, we knew we had to act, and sought partners who had the expertise to develop and produce rPET (recycled polyester) yarn. This, combined with our knowledge of engineering plastic polymers, allowed this innovation to become possible.
We are excited to launch the new Blue Ocean Dockline into our Leisure Marine range – for every 1m of Marlow’s 16mm Blue Ocean Dockline, 7.5 waste plastic bottles will be used to make it. This latest product launch demonstrates our environmental commitment and we hope that by doing so, it encourages other manufacturers to act, enabling us to be further along on the road to a circular economy. Our ultimate goal is that polyester yarns will eventually all be made from recycled waste plastic.”
The Blue Ocean Dockline will be exclusive to Marlow’s Superyacht & Mooring Series and made available pre-spliced in 12-16mm diameters in lengths from 6m to 15m through our UK stockist and distributor network. The unique construction offers the same popular attributes available with Marlow’s other mooring products including good abrasion resistance and shock absorption with soft and supple flexibility and zero strength loss or shrinkage.
For further information about Marlow’s Blue Ocean Dockline and their commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices visit www.marlowropes.com