The world’s southernmost Beachcomber

In New Zealand, printing equipment supplier company Ricoh uses Replas products to demonstrate the benefits of ‘closing the recycling loop’. So when Ricoh South ran a recycling-themed competition for primary school students, the prize they put up was a Beachcomber seat plus $1000 worth of trees for the winning school.

The competition winner was Abby, who then had the happy task of creating a suitable design for the recycled plastic seat.  Abby chose a dolphin design, and now her seat sits prominently in the grounds of Hedgehope School, just out of Invercargill.

Congratulations Abby, Ricoh and all concerned, for your contribution to environmental care.

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Signs for tomorrow at Queensland’s Currumbin Ecovillage

Replas products sit perfectly with the forward-looking practices and philosophies of The Ecovillage at Currumbin south-east Queensland. Recycled plastic also appeals in the sustainable community for its low-maintenance and long-life benefits. So when it came to installing new signage, being totally satisfied with the Enduroplank™ swale bridge previously installed, management chose our Plank Signs for use around the village grounds.

The recycled plastic signage was installed by Sam McCulloch, one of the village’s resident builders and also a Replas Pro Installer. Sam has done a fantastic job supporting sustainable practices in his home village. He has installed these signs to the high standards sought by Replas and village management alike.

The 270 acre Ecovillage at Currumbin is set in the Gold Coast hinterland, seven minutes’ drive from the beautiful Currumbin Beach. The community is the most decorated estate in Australia, with over 33 accolades, including “The World’s Best Environmental Development” (FIABCI Prix D’Excellence Award 2008).

The shape of plastic bags to come

This Beachcomber seat was made from recycled plastic, much of which first used as banana protection bags in North Queensland plantations. No better way to use a waste product than to create an identifiable symbol of what can be done with plastic recycling. Thanks for this great initiative go largely to Heidi Taylor of Tangaroa Blue Foundation, part of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative dedicated to protecting our oceans by reducing plastic waste.

Far too much plastic finds its way to the sea. The seat is tangible evidence of the value plastic can have when properly recycled, evidence that goes a long way to supporting the efforts of  conservation group like Tangaroa Blue.  A wonderful example of recycle and reuse; practical, long-lasting pieces of furniture that with the artwork possibilities can be made into something functional, unique and amazing.

This  seat stands in the Lakeland community centre on the Cape York Peninsula in Cook Shire, the first of many exciting possibilities in the future of pre-used banana bags.

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Did you know?

Our designers have been busy updating our ever popular furniture collection and have added two brand new additions to the range.

Introducing the stylish Brunswick Bar Setting and the luxurious Laguna Lounge. The sleek modern style of both items demonstrate the design possibilities of recycled plastic combined with the low maintenance benefits you know and love.

Want to create your own unique furniture statement piece? Visit our website, or contact us to see if we can help make your vision a reality.

Replas – turning great ideas into functional solutions.

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It’s a wrap!

A long-time partner in our Hospital Sterile Wrap Recycling program, Western Health was recently announced as a finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards. The organisation demonstrates their commitment to environmental sustainability by also purchasing products made from their own waste.

‘Purchasing this furniture creates the ‘pull-through mechanism’ for more plastics to be collected for recycle. Western Health produces a lot of plastics as a result of its operation and it’s reassuring to know they’re able to be utilised again and again. If this sterile wrap wasn’t being recycled into new products, it would be sitting in landfill. What a waste of great quality plastic.’

Catherine O’Shea, Sustainability Officer, Health Support Services, Western Health

This idea floats!

A unique 40-metre floating jetty made almost entirely from recycled products has provided a safer and more accessible solution for the Gove Boat Club in the Northern Territory.

Constructed from tyres filled with polyurethane foam, recycled plastic Enduroplank™ was chosen as the ideal material to use for the decking as it needs no painting or maintenance and is flexible enough to transition with the tide.

Harry Rowe from Tire-Link Floating Jetties, said a, ‘Floating jetty acts as a continuous breakwater against waves and wind making boarding a boat easier and safer, adding that, ‘In addition to its flexibility, the jetty is strong enough to survive extreme weather conditions and rough bottom locations’.

The deck boards were fitted at five per metre and spaced on average 11 mm apart to provide a non-slip surface. ‘All the pieces of this system can be handled by normal people without machinery or plant. Two men assembled this jetty, working around the tides in 10 days,’ said Harry.

‘The major benefit of Enduroplank™ decking is that it not only provides a non-slip surface, but the grooved boards offer visual assurance to users that they will not slip. Increasing safety is highly important on a surface that is often wet and may slope downhill,’ said Harry.

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