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Espresso al fresco on a capital day

Patrons of Ripe Boulcott Street Espresso Bar in downtown Wellington can enjoy their coffees while knowing they are helping the environment too. The cafe recently installed seating that we produced to order, using multi-coloured recycled plastic slats on our strong and sturdy architectural furniture steel framing.

Every day at Boulcott Street the staff fill an 80 litre bin with empty milk bottles and other recyclable materials. So for sustainability-conscious Ripe Coffee Company, the use of our Replas product was a community-conscious decision as well as being a practical one. Here’s a classic example of how as a society we can beneficially ‘close the loop’ on the recycling process.

Image: Replas recycled plastic slats on Metal Art table & bench frames

Tight budget clever solution

When the playground equipment at Korokoro School in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, fell into disrepair, the Board of Trustees needed a solution that wouldn't mean years of fundraising.

Metal Art—the New Zealand distributor for Replas—came to the rescue with a refurbishment that included using recycled-plastic components to replace split and rotting timber.

'Over the course of the school holidays, our pupils effectively got a new playground,’ says Principal Martin Hookham. ‘What's more, for the school community it came at a small fraction of the cost of replacement.’

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Enduroplank™ bridges the walkway gap

After decades of being synonymous with Auckland's wastewater treatment Puketutu Island in Auckland, New Zealand, is now a place people want to visit.

As part of the redevelopment of the area, Watercare Services Ltd chose recycled-plastic to create bench seating and used Enduroplank™ decking to bridge a spillway for the convenience of cyclists and walkers along the Manukau Coastal walkway.

By using recycled plastic on the project, Watercare has saved the equivalent of 658,000 plastic bags from ending up in landfill.  


Fieldays attracts thousands of visitors

The largest agricultural show in the Southern Hemisphere kicked off to a rainy start on June 11th and will run until June 14th. Annually held at Mystery Creek Events Centre, New Zealand, last year the event drew over 120,000 visitors to the area.


New beach access for Waikanae

Kapiti Coast District Council wanted to provide a safer, more easily maintained and sustainable alternative to their existing timber/gravel access ramp at Waikanae beach, in New Zealand. The new pathway is almost twice as long as the previous path, thereby reducing the gradient and making the beach more accessible.

Replas’ New Zealand distributor, Metal Art Ltd, worked with Diamond Club contractor Ashplundh Ltd to remove the existing structure, re-route the pathway and then supply and install recycled-plastic Enduroplank™ decking from Replas to create the perfect beach access.


The results are in

The Replas 100 mm bollard has just completed a 12 month trial in the harsh ground of New Zealand’s Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. This unique landscape takes its toll on timber sign posts, fences and boardwalks as the sulphuric acid rapidly carbonises wood, turning it black in much the same way fire does. The trial aimed to see how recycled plastic would stand up to the tough conditions.

When it was pulled from the ground this week, apart from a sulphur residue, the bollard hadn’t changed shape, melted, or degraded in any way. On removal the bollard was too warm to keep hold of and the steam coming out of the vent hole where it was sitting was 95° C, yet the bollard looked as good as the day it went in.

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Construction has commenced

Kapiti Coast District council, just north of Wellington, in New Zealand, wanted to provide a safer more easily maintained alternative to their existing timber/gravel access ramp at Waikanae Beach. Replas New Zealand distributor, Metal Art Ltd is working with Diamond Club Member Asplundh to remove the existing structure, re-route the pathway and supply and install an Enduroplank™ beach access pathway in its place.


Auckland Spring Horticultural Trade Day

In New Zealand, the Auckland Spring Horticultural Trade Day is a landscape industry show run twice yearly. Held this year on 14 August it is attended by landscapers, council parks staff, nurseries, growers and garden centres. Replas products were a big hit during the day with the Enduroplank™ deck drawing the most attention.

New design course for New Zealand

Replas New Zealand distributor, Metal Art Ltd will sponsor a course at Victoria University in Wellington. The course is offered through the Faculty of Architecture and Design and aims to develop and design an item of furniture for a learning environment. Metal Art will provide a lecture, and workshop visits for the students as well as sponsoring an award for the winning design.

Seats for schools

Seats, manufactured by Replas New Zealand distributor, Metal Art, were installed at Milton School in Otago by Cook Brothers Construction over a year ago. The seats which incorporate brown recycled-plastic slats still look as good as the day they were installed. Ian, the caretaker at the school, said, ‘The seats are a perfect match for the outdoor cloakroom area and we are delighted that the slats can be so easily cleaned’.