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NRAs 2015 Best Recycled Product: Finalists

Shika football

Highly Commended: Shika football – Alive & Kicking

Alive & Kicking is a social enterprise that manufactures sports balls in Africa. Its Shika football was handmade in Kenya using recycled leather from Southwest Airlines’ decommissioned airplane seats. The footballs were hand-stitched by previously unemployed young people, providing apprenticeships and new skills. The footballs were then donated to local communities and schools.

Recycled silicone release paper – Techlan

Techlan's recycled silicone release paper

Techlan supplies high-quality recycled silicone release paper up to 50% cheaper than virgin equivalents. Contaminated release papers are a by-product of manufacturing processes for aerospace and wind energy products, where the release paper is used once and then discarded. Techlan recycles this paper at its Swansea factory using a patented technology that cleans the paper surface, giving it a second life. The paper is re-supplied as a raw material to industries such as adhesive coating, tapes, bitumens, labels, butyl manufacturing and interleaves for sticky products. 

Furniture Forever – partnership between Marks & Spencer, Helistrat and FluteOffice

Working with waste and recycling contractor Helistrat, M&S has implemented a range of upcycled products including meeting tables, partition walls and signage at its Stockley Park offices.

Furniture Forever

All the products are made in the UK from 100% recycled cardboard by supply chain manufacturer FluteOffice. Upcycling the fibre to furniture creates a high-value and longer lasting product, which is still 100% recyclable at the end of its life.  

Recycled outhouse door – Eco Plastic Wood

Recycled outhouse door

The company manufactures sheds and doors for local authorities made from old PVCu windows, which are made into a sheet which is cost effective and lasts for years. The outhouse door is made from one 8ft x 4ft 10mm sheet of recycled PVCu and the shed in various sizes from the same product. The door is created by a series of cuts and grooves in the sheet, allowing it to be folded like a cardboard box. Eco wanted to keep the number of components to a minimum to ensure reliability and increase production capabilities. The design required a suitable bonding agent and a precision cutting machine, so it worked with Biesse on a CNC machine to reduce the manufacture time.

Paper Tube & Core

Tubes and cores are used by manufacturers and converters of film, paper and textiles. Recycling them still requires pulping, reprocessing and multiple trips between suppliers, manufacturers, recyclers and end users.

Paper Tube&Core

But reusing paper tubes and cores reduces the carbon footprint further. By simply recovering used tubes and cores, resizing them, and then returning them to the market, all without compromising integrity or losing quality, PT&C is able to fill customers’ needs without having to go through many of the wasteful and resource-draining processes needed to manufacturing new products.

ECO-Range – RMF Installation and Services

The ECO-Range reuses raised access flooring materials taken out of building refurbishments. The panels are nearly always destined to be landfilled because they are difficult to recycle properly, consisting of a galvanised steel chipboard core which is virtually impossible to separate.

RMF Installation and Services

The steel does not come away cleanly because it has chipboard residue and there is already a mountain of surplus chipboard in the UK. RMF is pioneering the reuse of raised access flooring, and liaises with demolition and fit-out contractors nationwide to identify at an early stage of their works if an existing floor can be recycled.

Ocean plastic bottle – Ecover

Ecover Ocean plastic bottle

Billions of pieces of plastic waste are floating in the oceans, harming fish, birds and mammals and getting into the food chain. Ecover’s Ocean bottle is made entirely from recycled plastic, with 10% of that plastic being fished out of the sea. By learning how micro-organisms use low-energy processes to create lightweight yet strong structures, the company was able to create the bottle with 15% less material use.   



Morsbags are recycled, reusable strong cloth bags made from materials such as offcuts, old curtains, duvet covers and old clothes. They are given away for free to replace plastic bags. More than 170,000 have so far been made by schools, community schemes, students, Guides, prisoners, elderly groups and even Prince Charles, and are then given to shoppers, friends and family. Thousands of people have learnt to sew, made friends and feel part of something positive.


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