A Visibly Better Solution for Recycled Plastic Bottles

Pogu Ltd., the multi award-winning reflective safety business based in the Lake District, have spent much of the past year working closely with suppliers to create the high visibility waistcoats, a product which is a world first in the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) market.

Tiffany Solender, Managing Director of Pogu Ltd., explains further: "Like many others, seeing the rise in plastic waste accumulating globally really struck a chord with us and we made a conscious decision to investigate the potential for incorporating more recycled materials in our products."

This decision was quickly actioned, with Tiffany undertaking lengthy research and identifying manufacturers of fabric made from that perennial throw-away item - the plastic bottle.

The resulting fabric has been developed into a new hi-vis waistcoat, each using material that uses up to 8 recycled plastic bottles.

Production samples of Pogu’s PPE vests arrived in the UK in September, complete with the BS EN 471 accreditation ensuring their compliance with the recognised industry standard, with orders now being taking from businesses across the UK.

The lifespan of a typical PPE vest is just 3 years, after which it is recommended that they are replaced due to the materials fading or their reflective properties reducing. The beauty of Pogu’s new products is that they themselves can be recycled instead of being consigned to landfill.

"Our new vests will perform equally as well than any comparable high-quality product on the market, but with the added bonus that this is a highly sustainable product."

As well as being of benefit to businesses, Pogu may also have a market for their new vests closer to home: "Talking with friends and family about the new products has also generated quite a lot of interest, particularly for smaller vests for children to wear on the way to and from school on dark winter mornings and evenings."

For more information please contact tiffany@pogu.co.uk



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